Art Writing for Organisations


Art Writing for Organisations

Thursday 16th March 2017 - Friday 17th March 2017

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 March
Ticket price £40

This practical seminar has been specially designed for people working within South West arts organisations - whether in marketing, education, curation or management - who wish to improve their writing skills. Led by two professional writers, Michael Bird and Mercedes Smith, this is an opportunity to work creatively with language and ideas, exploring authorial voice and writing for different audiences.

The workshop is part of the Art Writers programme funded by Arts Council England and partnered by Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St Ives Tate, Newlyn Art Gallery, CAST, Hestercombe and Visual Arts South West.

Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. His books include The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time, 100 Ideas that Changed Art and a history of art for children, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories. Michael lectures widely on art and has made features for BBC Radio on Alfred Wallis, Peter Lanyon and the historic Cornish flower industry. He has worked as a consultant with cultural organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives council, and has written exhibition script for museums in the UK, Nigeria and Sweden.

Mercedes Smith is director of Fine Art Communications and an independent arts journalist and PR writer. A graduate of Falmouth University, Mercedes previously worked in communications at Tate St Ives and as arts editor of Devon Life. She is a regular contributor to many print and online publications. Most recently her writing has been published in Cornwall Life, Cornwall Today, BBC Arts Get Creative, Culture 24, AN News, The Guardian, Ceramic Review and Craft & Design. She is a visiting tutor at Truro College and Newlyn School of Art.

Thursday 16 March from 1 - 5.15pm and Friday 17 March 9.45am - 3pm

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 Thursday 16th Mar 2017  1:00pm
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To Apply
Numbers are limited so if you are interested in taking part, please write no more than 500 words about an exhibition / work of art / artist you have seen this year and email to The deadline is Friday March 3rd.

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