Q&A Arts Writing Event


Find out more about the core skills and practices involved in arts writing from our two expert writers-in-residence Lizzie Lloyd and Tom Jeffreys

Are you interested in arts writing? Or maybe you want to hone your reviewing skills? Made in Plymouth is partnering with the Arts Writers Group, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Arts Centre to deliver a series of wonderful opportunities for any aspiring arts writer.

We will be opening this project with a Q&A event investigating the core skills needed for good arts writing. Our two writers-in-residence (Lizzie Lloyd and Tom Jeffreys) will sharing their extensive experience and advice. The event will be held at the Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre in the Roland Levinsky Building (Plymouth University) from 1.30 – 4.30 pm on Wednesday 25th January. You can book your free ticket by following the link below.

Q&A Arts Writing Event

Location: Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building (Plymouth University), 1.30 – 4.30 pm on Wednesday 25th January 2017

The afternoon’s event will be divided into three sessions which will begin with a short reading followed by a discussion and an open Q&A:

  1. Experimental/creative responses to art
  2. More conventional art writing
  3. The writing and editing processes

This event will be followed by other workshops later in the year (dates to be confirmed). Lizzie Lloyd will deliver a writing workshop that begins creatively and builds into how to write for specific briefs or publications. Attendees will be given a brief (that Tom and Lizzie propose), and will then write an article over the next few weeks to be submitted to Tom Jeffreys via email.

For the second workshop, Tom Jeffreys will go through the writings with each attendee in person, as well as discussing any other things related to writing and editing that they would like to.

Three of the attendees will then be selected to write a paid commission for Made in Plymouth.

These workshops will only be able to cater for around 10 people. Details of the selection process will be announced on January 25th (and via Made in Plymouth’s website).

There are four pieces of writing to read in preparation for this event. Please download them from the links below and have a read through before January 25th.

Tom Jeffreys - Nature Reserves Catalouge Essay


Lizzie Lloyd - What Elsewhere Is


Tom Jeffreys - Brian Sewell Interview


Lizzie Lloyd - Niamh O Malley Review


About the Writers-In-Residence

Lizzie Lloyd is a writer, artist, translator and visiting tutor at University of the West of England and University of Bristol. She has published multiple exhibition catalogue essays and is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Artnet and Frieze. In 2016 she was writer-in-resident at Arnolfini Gallery and is completing a doctoral thesis on art writing and subjectivity at University of Bristol.


Tom Jeffreys is a writer, editor and occasional curator with a particular interest in contemporary art that crosses over into the sciences or explores our relationship with the environment. His work has been published in, among others, Monocle, Apollo, Vice, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Cricinfo, and World of Interiors.