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Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre

October 7th, 2015

Image by C. A. Taylor. Work by Barbara Ryan detail from ‘The Multistand - Nehmen Sie Doch die Blaue Pille!’. Wild Pansy Press Project Space November 2011

A new research centre has been established in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

The Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre (AWP) will consolidate and develop inter-disciplinary research on modes of critical and theoretical writing, curatorial production, editorial work and the production of text- and book-based art.


Led by Simon Lewandowski, Chris Taylor and Nick Thurston, the Centre will consider artists’ publications (from ephemera, journals, ‘zines, artist’s books and websites, to artist-led book series and imprints) alongside artists’ writings (from correspondence, papers, journals, criticism, interviews and statements, to theoretical and fiction writing) as forms of creative practice that can happen in, around or as art.

The AWP’s activities will bring together artists, critics, historians, archivists, editors, curators and teachers to share a sustained conversation about research directions in this sub-field of artistic practice. Those conversations and the outputs they lead to will contribute unique insights of interest to audiences and researchers in the fields of fine art, art history, curatorial studies, media theory, library and information science, and museums and heritage studies.

The Centre will be a focus for both emerging and established artists, plus researchers and collaborative groups, engaged with or interested in producing and disseminating art in the overlaps between the cultural fields of art, literature and publishing .

Chris Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, said:

“This is an opportune moment for a number of related research areas and long-term projects already existing independently within the School to be situated and/or examined within the overarching critical structure that AWP will provide. Renowned imprints and projects by Thurston, Lewandowski and Taylor, including informationasmaterial, the Wild Pansy Press and PAGES will be the catalyst for developing national and international networks and knowledge exchange, commissioning of new writing and artists’ books and a programme of live events.”

To celebrate the launch of this new research centre, a one-day symposium took place at The Tetley in Leeds on 25 September 2015. Curating Language Acts explored the specific problems posed to curators and art historians by language-centred artworks and language-led modes of art making. Speakers included Professor Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (University of Amsterdam), Dr Luke Skrebowski (University of Cambridge) and Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute, London).

For more information about the research centre, please contact Nick Thurston. The Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre website and programme will be published in 2016.

Image: C. A. Taylor. Work by Barbara Ryan detail from ‘The Multistand – Nehmen Sie Doch die Blaue Pille!. Wild Pansy Press Project Space, November 2011


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