Ethical Art Writing: Workshop with Charlene K. Lau and Claire Voon
May 15, 2022 – 1pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada
As part of programming associated with our forthcoming solo exhibition by Leonard Suryajaya, we will be hosting a one day art writing workshop in our galleries on Sunday, May 15th at 1PM. Under the heading of ‘Ethical Art Writing’, the workshop will be led by writer and editor Claire Voon, and art historian, critic and curator Charlene K. Lau. As a guiding frame for the workshop our leaders ask : How does one write with rigor as well as care in regard to the artist and reader? How can one be not only a conscious observer but also a conscious writer?
The session will look at different types of art criticism and other public writing, with topics covering: writing technicalities; the art writing industry; making space for writers of colour; and working to decolonize your library and mind. Attendees will come away from the workshop with an understanding of the art of slow and careful looking/research and of writing as process, not product. If criticism is inherently a “performance of thought,” an act of choosing, how do we write beyond the self, to contribute to and foster welcoming and generative spaces for art in critical dialogue with the world around us?
Upon registration, a small list of suggestive readings will be provided in preparation for the workshop, in addition to a resource guide and bibliography.
If you are interested, please sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Seats are limited please reserve by May 12th at 6 PM.
Priority reservations will be given to BIPOC participants.
This is not a virtual event and won’t be recorded.