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Art Writing Workshops

Circus Sideshow presents: an online Automatic Writing workshop with Adam Benmakhlouf

4 December 2020, 19:30 – 21:00 [SOLD OUT]

In this workshop you're invited to write as a means of accessing and sharing insights into artworks that are only possible through textual response. We'll be using timed exercises in which you'll be encouraged to write without pause in order to bypass some of the inhibitions that can block essential impressions. In this way, the workshop is formed around the principle that rather than thinking of writing as a way of recording or documenting ideas, it is in itself a means of thinking.

Adam Benmakhlouf (they/them) is an artist, writer, educator and programmer based in Glasgow. Committedly manifold, their practice embodies and experimentally represents the nuanced strategies of radical resistance of marginalised people. They served on the Transmission Committee 2017-2019, and have been the Art Editor for The Skinny since 2015. Their writing has been featured in various publications and gallery contexts, including Art Monthly and Frieze.



Circus Sideshow presents: online Art Writing workshop with Megan Rudden

5 December 2020, 19:30 – 21:00 [SOLD OUT]

Join me on a visceral escape to the harbour, dip a toe in the sea and breathe in the salty air from the comfort of your own home.

This online workshop will last for an hour and a half and offer a short introduction to the concept of ‘art writing’, with a focus on writing about place. While we can’t be together physically, we will explore what it means to have a shared experience of place virtually, engaging our senses to experiment with various ‘site-writing’ techniques. We will discuss some practical tips for writing about places and consider how this writing can become an artwork. Don’t worry if you have never written anything before, this session will be about generating ideas in a relaxed environment to get you thinking about what ‘art writing’ could be for you.

Megan Rudden is an artist based in Glasgow working across performance, writing, drawing, and object making. Through this interdisciplinary practice her work considers issues of class, gender, labour, reproduction and identity within contemporary Scotland. Her work is often produced in response to a specific site, attempting to create non-linear, transhistorical narratives which use place as an anchor to link stories across time. She has performed and exhibited at various locations across the UK including, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and recently at the back of a car park in Dundee. Megan is currently undertaking postgraduate study in Art Writing at Glasgow School of Art.

This event is supported through a Creative in Your Community award from the Highland Youth Arts Hub and organised by Hester Grant.

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