Open Call

How to write about Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

No Funding
London, United Kingdom


The course is aimed at anyone interested in improving their writing about art and culture, including: - aspiring and early-career writers and journalists - gallery or museum curators, educators and public programmers - current or prospective students of art history and theory, curating and critical or creative writing - artists - anyone considering applying for an MA or PhD at the Royal College of Art.

Number of Participants

8 - 20 participants


No deadline


July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018


  • £1,250.00 program fee


Conference Rooms


No meals

Public Programs



Conceptual Art



Program Description

How to Write About Contemporary Art is a week-long short course at the Royal College of Art delivered by esteemed Head of Writing and author Dr Brian Dillon. Join the RCA in London this summer to learn about writing, pitching and making it as an arts writer from 30 July–3 August. Taught and delivered by Dr Brian Dillon is the Acting Head of MA Writing at the RCA plus guest speakers and visiting lecturers. Dillon has written many books on art and culture, including Essayism (2017), Objects in This Mirror (2014) and In the Dark Room (2005). He writes about contemporary art for frieze, Artforum, the Guardian and London Review of Books. He has curated exhibitions for Tate and the Hayward Gallery, and is an editor of Cabinet, an art and culture magazine based in New York. Dynamic dialogue on a range of topics featuring keynote lectures from widely published critics, close reading of criticism in seminars, writing workshops and visits to current exhibitions.

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