Although the academic thesis or journal is seen as the main output of writing for PhD students, there is a wealth of opportunity in arts journalism to explore different modes of writing and feed academic research into the arts ecology. While many of the bigger, glossier art publications embrace the homogenized, beautified vision of contemporary art as a global brand, there is a platform of smaller, more independently-minded magazines and journals. These smaller, independent journals offer what American critic Gwen Allen describes as,
“potential opportunities for self-reflexivity and critical distance that may help mediate our relationship to globalisation’s pervasive effects.”
In the north, some of the most interesting sites for reflection and distance on contemporary art originate in new media outlets. In recent years these have appeared online, enabling many of them to flourish outside London, the traditional base for art and media funding and administration alike. These new media outlets are spaces where art and writing meet, and provide an avenue in which to disseminate your critical reflections on art and humanities to a wider audience.
This event will involve presentations and workshops from active people and publishing platforms in the North, with a focus on skill development and career opportunities in arts journalism.
The aim is to entice debate around the characteristics and role of art writing in relation to wider readership, the current political and economic climate and the changing conditions of publishing in the North. As well as, explore ideas of experimental writing within and through these publishing platforms, and discuss potential collaborations between artists and writers. By bringing researchers, journalists and publishers together, the aim is to increase cross-fertilization of ideas and build networks of those interested in the space of art and writing. Event two will relate by drawing on alternative modes of art writing within academia.