How to… Write for the Exhibition

  • How To Write About Art Course

    Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery

Past Event

This event was on Thu 27 Jun 2019, 10am – 5pm

This course is aimed at artists, curators, PR, gallery and museum workers, as well as students of contemporary art – in short, anyone tasked with effectively communicating contemporary artworks and exhibitions.

You will be given the necessary tools to write for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a wall text, with an emphasis on analysing good examples of short-form writing, from museum labels to website copy.

You will learn about:

  • Explaining ideas and artworks effectively to create enjoyable and insightful text – whether a solo show, a group exhibition, or a multi-part collaborative project
  • Avoiding overly dense, jargoned language without dumbing down content
  • Mastering the ‘art of description’: honing your reader’s attention on selected aspects of the artwork to express your ideas effectively


Early bird discount
Book before 31 May and save 20%. Use code: EARLYBIRD20

Art Fund bursaries are also available for this course. Find out more.

About Dr Gilda Williams

Dr Gilda Williams is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine, Senior 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 The Guardian, 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 five languages; her most recent book is On and By Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel, 2016)