a-n Writer Development Programme

I’m really pleased to have been selected as one of the five participants in a-n’s new Writer Development Programme, open to applications from a-n members. The programme will allow me to develop my skills and approaches to a wide range of writing about issues relating to contemporary art and the wider visual arts sector. It will also be a fantastic chance to get feedback and make connections with other writers from different parts of the country.

The other selected writers are Lydia Ashman (London), Sunny Cheung (London), Manjinder Sidhu (London) and James Steventon (Corby).

‘a-n News editor Chris Sharratt, who is leading the programme, said: “The standard of applicants was very high and, as expected, it was a tough call to choose just five.

“The final selection was about both strong writing and a desire to ensure that the chosen writers will really benefit from this kind of programme.”

The participants were selected by a panel consisting of Sharratt, Gillian Nicol (a-n Deputy Director and Head of Programmes) and Stephen Palmer (a-n Online Content Manager).

The programme continues until March 2016. Participants will undertake a series of writing tasks and mentoring, culminating in commissions for a-n News.

Three workshops will take place from September to November 2015, with Jerwood Space in London confirmed as the first venue.’

I’ve just completed a feature on mac’s Cannon Hill Art School, conceived by artist Trevor Pitt, and am working currently on a comment piece about proposed entry fees to public museums and galleries in the UK. These form part of my writing portfolio for the programme.

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