Goodbye to a legend

Last night I had the honour, and in many ways the privilege, to open the series of speeches at Books Works’ Jane Rolo’s leaving party. After 35 years at the helm of Book Works’ publishing strand, having founded the organisation with Rob Hadrill in 1984, Jane is now on to other things. I remember JaneContinue reading “Goodbye to a legend”

Talks

Recently I had the pleasure of doing two talks outside my normal teaching context (Birkbeck, University of London): one for the current cohort of students at the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art, upon the invitation of my wonderful former colleague Ben Cranfield, the other for BA arts students across programmes at Manchester MetropolitanContinue reading “Talks”

Book Works

After having worked as an associate editor on the series Fabrications for independent art(ists’) book publisher Book Works in 2006-2009, I am now a member of its board. I am looking forward to working with the organisation and the other board members in the years ahead. This year has kicked off with a bang, withContinue reading “Book Works”

More talk

I will be speaking at the upcoming John Berger Now conference in Canterbury on 12 September. The invitation for submission of abstracts was preceded by the following statement. ‘The death of the artist is a dividing line’ wrote John Berger in 1966. ‘Every artist’s work changes when he dies. And finally no one remembers whatContinue reading “More talk”

More talking…

Not strictly talking about a specific book, but I will be in conversation with graphic designer Stuart Bailey this coming Tuesday, 20 June, about how we both approach our research around art books, and publishing about and in relation to art. Stuart finished his PhD at Reading in 2014, embracing Umberto Eco’s notion of the OpenContinue reading “More talking…”

Oslo workshop

Having spent two days in the very ‘koselig’ bookshop space of Oslo’s Cappelens Forslag (and its very intimate back room-cum kitchen), with a morning’s detour to the nearby Kulturhuset, my head is full of thinking about writing, editing and publishing texts and books about art. The discussions were generous and challenging, the exercises proposed by everyoneContinue reading “Oslo workshop”

workshop Oslo

On 31 January and 1 February I will be contributing to and participating in a workshop about writing, editing and publishing in relation to art. The workshop is organised by Anne Szefer-Karlsen, with whom I worked on the Dublett series, which combined the format of the artist’s book with that of more traditional contextualising essaysContinue reading “workshop Oslo”

a p s and whiteblack00

I got to know Alexandra P. Spaulding, or Alex, when she did her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art, where I taught as a visiting lecturer (2003-2015), where she then also continued with her practice-based PhD. We had become close friends in her final year at the MFA, and our conversations around her work andContinue reading “a p s and whiteblack00”

CVAN Creative Writing programme

After having worked with several ‘mentees’ of the CVAN Creative Writing programme, a quick update with links of texts they have published. The idea of the workshops and the mentoring scheme was that writers based in the North-West of the UK were offered the opportunity to work with a mentor in trying to develop theirContinue reading “CVAN Creative Writing programme”

Critical Writing Workshop in Preston

As part of Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West’s Critical Writing programme, initiated by Rosemary Shirley and Elaine Speight, I did a talk in Preston yesterday. Hopping and skipping and jumping through a range of publications I’ve worked on over the years, I talked about editorial considerations, and different ways of writing, and conceptual issues toContinue reading “Critical Writing Workshop in Preston”

Critical Writing programme

Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is organising a programme of six critical writing workshops. The workshop and bursary programme is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Central Lancashire, through In Certain Places, alongside four leading critical writing platforms in the North West – The Double Negative, Creative Tourist, ArtContinue reading “Critical Writing programme”