How to Write About Art

  • How To Write About Art Course

Past Event


This event was on Fri 20 Oct 2017

As digital media has expanded the discussion of art worldwide, the ability to write about contemporary art with clarity and originality has never been so necessary. The focus will be on art-texts which provide readers with real information and explained interpretations on artworks — rather than unsubstantiated speculation, or ‘waffle’. The course will offer a guide on writing for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a review, with an emphasis on short form writing from museum panels to website copy. What you will learn:

  • How to explain and evaluate effectively in writing, to create strong and insightful text for varying levels of audience
  • Criticism v. information-led art-writing
  • How to pitch and get published successfully

Lunch and refreshments will be included in the course fee

About: Gilda Williams

Dr Gilda Williams is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine, lecturer at Goldsmiths College on the MFA curating programme and a member of the International Association of Art Critics. Williams’ writings on contemporary art have appeared in Artforum, Parkett, Tate etc., Art Monthly, Art in America and Time Out magazines, and on film in Sight and Sound magazine. She is author of the best-selling How to Write About Contemporary Art (Thames&Hudson, 2014), which has been translated into three languages, and her most recent book is On and By Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel, 2016)

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