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.
‘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.