This workshop is offered as a technē Conflux, an extended training, development, exhibition or performance programme which aims to enhance research or intellectual skills, or facilitate the sharing of expertise amongst doctoral students in the arts and humanities.
A series of four workshops taking place across the University of the Arts London and Royal College of Art, it focuses on writing in relation to artistic and exhibitionary practice. Each day-long workshop will bring in a guest to consider the specific challenges that artworks, artistic practice and exhibitions present for discursive analysis, and the differing approaches to writing embedded in this problem. These workshops will be supported by a tutor to develop students’ writing skills.
For the second event, art critic Lee Weng-Choy will speak about developing one's voice as a writer. Questions of writerly style, perspective and approach will be discussed. Given the challenges of writing a Ph.D., with all its anxiety and stress, having the confidence to find one’s own voice may be especially daunting, and Lee will also speak to this issue. In advance of the workshop, attendees should send any short samples of material that they may want to discuss; further details, including suggested reading material, will be circulated upon registration.
Lee Weng-Choyis an independent art critic and consultant based in Kuala Lumpur. He is also the president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics. Previously, Lee was Artistic Co-Director of The Substation in Singapore, and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Singapore. He has done project work with various arts organisations, including Ilham Gallery and A+ Works of Art, both in Kuala Lumpur, and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, and National Gallery Singapore. Lee writes on contemporary art and culture in Southeast Asia, and his essays have appeared in journals such as Afterall, and anthologies such as Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture and Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985.
Schedule 09:45–10:00. Registration
10:00–11:15. Presentation by Lee Weng-Choy
14:00–16:00. Student workshop led by Emily LaBarge
16:00–17:00. Informal discussion with Weng Choy Lee, refreshments provided