Further Information

The Young Art Writers programme is an initiative of RHA and TBG+S and takes place over two days: Saturday 8 and 15 September 2018.

The Young Art Writers programme is an initiative of RHA and TBG+S and takes place over two days: Saturday 8 and 15 September 2018. The programme is designed for anyone age 18 - 25 who is interested in art and writing, or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome.

The programme is devised to immerse the participants into thinking about writing in relation to the visual arts in a number of ways, in order to support the participants formulating an individual writing practice. Over the two days, participants will visit exhibitions at RHA, Kerlin Gallery and TBG+S, visit artist Kevin Smith in his studio, attend a talk by Gavin Corbett (TBG+S’s 2017 Writer in Residence), attend workshops by writers Sue Rainsford and Aidan Wall, and view a variety of diverse arts publications. Participants will be encouraged to think about various possibilities of writing in and around art and to be open to engaging with new techniques, critical thinking, and more.

After the two days, participants will have 2 weeks to submit a written piece which will then be designed into a zine and launched at Dublin Art Book Fair (Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 22 - 26 November 2018).

11am - 5.30pm, Saturday 8th September
The day will begin at RHA with an introduction to the two-day programme. Participants will visit exhibitions by artists Ursula Burke and Amanda Dunsmore at RHA, Daniel Rios Rodriguez at Kerlin Gallery and Stephen Loughman, Proven Answers at TBG+S. The group will visit artist, performer and musician Kevin Smith in his studio at RHA, who uses poetry, script and writing in his art practice. Gavin Corbett, TBG+S’ 2017 writer in residence, will talk to the group about his writing practice and his experience of being the writer in residence at TBG+S. The group will have the opportunity to look at a variety of publications across the two galleries, including exhibition catalogues, accompanying exhibition texts and essays, art magazines, non-profit publications and more.

10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 15th September
The second day will consist of two writing workshops at the RHA Gallery:

Sue Rainsford
Art Writing | on, in & around: An introductory workshop to diverse models of art writing

11am - 1pm

What does it mean to write inside of an artwork? Or to write your way through it and out from underneath it? How do you work with the shape of it to expand on its tenor and temperature?

Working through a trajectory of diverse forms and material iterations, participants will consider how art writing can be implicitly critical and explicitly responsive. Methods of transcription and expansion include:
lyric and responsive forms
constraint based writing
installation & art writing
literary writing & art practice

Aidan Wall
Research, Autofiction and Speculative Art Writing (That is and isn’t Sci-Fi)

2.30pm - 5.30pm

Over the course of this workshop, participants will be introduced to a number of artists who work in writing contexts. The workshop will focus particularly on how writing can inform artistic practices and vice versa, with a keen eye towards discussing artists who utilise writing in their performance, video and publishing output.

The artists’ work which will be discussed share the common thread of a fascination with close attentive writing. They divorce the minutely descriptive qualities of art criticism from the gallery context and instead utilise them to build speculative worlds which reflect contemporary life, abut also imagine magical realist sci-fi futures.

Deadline for written pieces for Zine: Monday 1st October 2018, 1pm

22nd/23rd November, Zine launch at Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

How to apply


  • Anyone age 18-25
  • No previous experience in the field of art or writing in necessary

To apply for this workshop please submit the following to friends@rhagallery.ie by Monday 13 August 2018:

  • Some information on yourself (max. 300 words)
  • A statement of why you want to participate (max. 300 words)
  • Optional: CV, Weblinks

Applicants will receive a response by Friday 17 August 2018.

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