Art Writing for Organisations

Art Writing for Organisations: A Two-Day Seminar at Plymouth Arts Centre

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 March 2017
(Thu 1 – 5.15pm, Fri 9.45am – 3pm)
Fee: £40

This seminar is specially designed for people working within arts organisations in the South West – whether in education, curation, marketing or management – who want to improve their writing skills. Led by two professional writers, this is an opportunity to work creatively with language and ideas, exploring authorial voice and writing for diverse audiences. It will include both discussion and workshop sessions, with practice in different types of writing, from exhibition text to press releases and online content.

The seminar is part of the Art Writers Programme funded by Arts Council South West and partnered by Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St Ives Tate, Newlyn Art Gallery, CAST, Hestercombe and Visual Arts South West.

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Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. His books include The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time, 100 Ideas that Changed Art and A History of Art for Children, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories. Michael lectures widely on art and has made features for BBC Radio on Alfred Wallis, Peter Lanyon and the historic Cornish flower industry. He has worked as a consultant with cultural organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives council, and has written exhibition script for museums in the UK, Nigeria and Sweden.


Mercedes Smith is Director of Fine Art Communications and an independent arts journalist and PR writer. A graduate of Falmouth University, Mercedes previously worked in communications at Tate St Ives and as arts editor of Devon Life. She is a regular contributor to many print and online publications and including Cornwall Life BBC Arts Get Creative, Culture 24, AN News, Guardian, Ceramic Review and Craft & Design. She is a visiting tutor at Falmouth University, Newlyn School of Art and Truro College.

Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.