Artist vs Critic

22 April 2004 / 18:00 - 20:00

Artist vs Critic, with JJ Charlesworth & Neil Mulholland. The first of a series of events organised by Castlefield Gallery in conjunction with Floating IP, aimed at raising the level of debate in Manchester’s growing art scene.

JJ Charlesworth and Neil Mulholland will be talking about the tensions and crossovers between critical writing and art, both in terms of their own experience and their observations of others. The debate will target both established independent artists and the new generation of students and young artists.

This event coincides with exhibitions ‘The Goose Fair’ by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan in the main space and ‘Transient‘ by Angie Mcveigh in the Project Space.

JJ Charlesworth has been writing about contemporary art since he left Goldsmiths College in 1996, where he trained as an artist. He now writes regularly on contemporary art for magazines such as Art Monthly, Modern Painters and Contemporary in Britain, ArtText in America, and Flash Art International. He teaches and lectures regularly at art colleges in London, and in 2003 was a selector for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition.

Neil Mulholland received a PhD in contemporary British art from the University of Glasgow in 1998, a version of which was published last year as ‘The Cultural Devolution: Art in Britain in the Late 20th Century’. He is currently Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Theory at the Centre for Visual & Cultural Studies, Edinburgh College of Art. Mulholland writes mainly for Flash Art, Texte zur Kunst, Untitled, Frieze, Product, Flux and The Scotsman and has exhibited in exhibitions in Scotland, London and Berlin. He recently wrote a Channel 4 documentary and curated exhibitions in Manchester, Edinburgh, Prague and New York. His writing features in ‘Exploring Visual Culture’, which will be published later this year. He is currently writing on a book on ambient geographies, focusing on recent viral developments in art, design, advertising, culture jamming, music, comedy, computing, architecture and urbanism and publishing ‘Tollcross’ with Glasgow’s Neil Bickerton and Dundee’s Lonely Piper.