Blue Oyster Art Project Space and Enjoy Public Art Gallery are calling for applications to Extended Conversations, a new programme for emerging art writers based in Aotearoa. Part online publishing platform, part mentoring programme, this initiative will build, sustain and share dialogue between emerging participants and established writers from March–November 2018.
Taking the idea of ‘critiquing art criticism’ as a starting point, Extended Conversations is centred around two intensive workshops and the subsequent development of two long-form texts by each participant in separate halves of the year, to be published online at Extended Conversations. Part one will begin with a weekend workshop in Ōtepoti in March, and part two will begin with a weekend workshop in Te Whanganui-a-Tara in July. Participants will receive individual guidance and feedback from an established writer and their peers in the programme.
Considering the specific social and political contexts of Aotearoa, these two intensives will explore questions around the challenges, ethics and efficacy of critical writing about art. We expect participants to extend, elaborate on, or challenge aspects of these conversations from their own perspectives. Blue Oyster and Enjoy seek applications from those who are interested in exploring art writing as a critical activity. The form, genre or orientation of this writing—art historical, fictio-critical, personal, journalistic, etc.—is not predetermined.
Application Deadline: 12 January
Application Form: Download Here