Art Writing Workshop

16 September 2017 / 12noon-3pm

This discursive event organised in partnership with Corridor8 and The International 3 is designed to explore the practicalities of art writing in organisational and collaborative settings, with presentations by established writers Ellen Mara De Wachter, Michael Birchall and Corridor8’s current Writer-in-Residence, Iris Priest. A panel discussion and Q&A will cover a number of topics crucial to having work published in the art world, such as identifying relevant contexts in which writing can be developed, how to foster collaboration between emerging artists and writers, and how to approach different types of organisations to propose other collaborative ventures. The workshop will conclude with the opportunity for attendees to participate in smaller group discussions with the speakers to discuss any other topics in further detail.

VENUE: Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Great Northern Tower, Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EE

Prices: £6.40 Standard / £3.40 Castlefield Gallery Associates. Book a ticket at Corridor8

Please address further questions or requests to James Schofield at More information about The International 3 can be found here.

This event is funded by Arts Council England.

Please note that the Great Northern Tower is wheelchair accessible, and that tickets for this event are non-refundable.


Iris Priest is an artist and writer concerned with promoting and nurturing synergies between different disciplines; visual art, writing, philosophy, science, and education. Since graduating in 2008 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts she has worked as a freelance artist, writer and editor in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she co-founded CANNED Magazine, ran the inter-studio crit group I like it, what is it? and helped to establish the online radio station Her writing has been published in a number of journals including a-n, garageland, thisistomorrow and Corridor8. Priest has also held the position of artist in residence at a number of organisations including Northumbria University, Solvik, Sweden and Stanwix School, Carlisle.

Ellen Mara De Wachter is a writer and curator based in London. She is a frequent contributor to Frieze magazine, and her writing has featured in numerous publications and exhibition catalogues. She currently holds the position of Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, and has taught at other institutions including the Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University and Newcastle University. Her book Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration was published by Phaidon in Spring 2017.

Michael Birchall is Curator of Public Practice at Tate Liverpool and Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University in Exhibition Studies. Previously he has held curatorial appointments at The Western Front (Vancouver, Canada), The Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Canada), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (Germany); and has lectured at Zurich University of the Arts. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Frieze d/e, ARKEN Bulletin, On Curating, Modern Painters, C-Magazine, Art & the Public Sphere, and various catalogues and monologues.