How to write about art

  • How To Write About Art, Friday 11 March, Whitechapel Gallery

    London Art Book Fair, 2015; Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: Dan Weill

Past Event

This event was on Friday 11 March 2016

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. Gilda Williams, author of ‘How to Write about Contemporary Art’  offers a guide on writing for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a review, from a catalogue essay to a museum panel, from website copy to an academic essay. Sessions include:

  • Who is listening? Why write?
  • Explaining, evaluating
  • Discussion and practical session
  • Description and its discontents
  • Pitching and getting published


10am – 5pm
Lunch and refreshments provided

The Art Fund supports this ‘How to: Inside the Gallery’ series by offering a number of fully funded places per course for curators and museum and gallery professionals. The deadline is 18 December 2015, to apply, head to the Art Fund Website.

Gilda Williams

Dr Gilda Williams is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine and a member of the International Association of Art Critics. Wililams’ 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 Editor of Gothic (MIT Press / Whitechapel, 2007) and her most recent book is How to Write About Contemporary Art (Thames&Hudson, 2014)