Delivered in Gorey School of Art's 4K Arthouse cinema every Thursday (from September – May), Level 6 ART WRITING is a one OR *two-year part-time course. WE read books. WE watch films. WE discuss, write and reflect on art in class and field trips. WE look at art through the lens of literature and cinema, exploring the creative, critical and abstract-thinking skills required to write, think and feel through art. Students will develop their imaginations and gain personal insights through a deep and meaningful exploration of film, literature and art, both historical and contemporary.

*The two-year course option is where Art Writing and Art Making collide. Divided between Art Writing in Year 1/and Art Making in Year 2, you attend one day a week during Year 1, and three days a week during Year 2.

Combining lectures, writing workshops and assignments, group discussion and debate, exhibition critiques, gallery and artist studio visits, a book club and film club, group and individual projects, this Level 6 course provides students with the grammatical tools and psychological self-awareness that is needed to become independent creative and critical thinkers and writers.


Film Club

Delivered in a state-of-the-art 4K Arthouse cinema, we have exclusive use of this rare amenity for lectures, presentations and film screenings.


Book Club

We will tackle a small novel or novella; describe, analyse, critique and write a response. The first novel this year is Point Omega (2010) by Don DeLillo.

This course gave me so much to think about, research and enjoy; a lazy brain has been re-invigorated. Class participation challenged assumptions, illuminated biases and was great fun!
— (Lynne Fitzgerald, current student)

Field Trips

Over the course of the year we will plan at least 5 field trips to experience art in the gallery setting.

Personally I have found the gallery visits invaluable and the opportunity to learn from other class members brilliant. Some of my classmates are professional artists and to see an exhibition through the lens of their experience really enriched the visits for me. I love it and can’t recommend it highly enough.
— (Liz Sheehan, current student)

Personal Project

Each student chooses a topic or passion to research in more detail.

James Merrigan dragged us kicking and screaming into the mindset and sensibility of the visual artist and the art critic. We can now appreciate and respond to works of art from a new and exciting perspective.
— (Pat Nolan, current student)

Meet Your Tutor

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JAMES MERRIGAN is an artist and art critic. For the past decade he has promoted and prompted art dialogue and criticism in Ireland as a writer, editor and teacher. In 2010 he developed, where he found the freedom to experiment with a more playful and polemical art criticism.

James was selected for EVA International Biennale of Visual Art (2014) as a fugitive art critic; he was Co-Editor of the printed quarterly on Irish art, Fugitive Papers; and was Guest-Editor of two issues of Visual Artists’ News Sheet in 2016. In 2011 he was awarded the inaugural Critical Writing Award by Visual Artists Ireland and Dublin City Council's The LAB. That same year he was selected for the FUTURES at the Royal Hibernian Academy. A book of his essays was published in 2013 titled Agents Of Subjectivism. He curated PERIPHERIES 2017 at Gorey School of Art. 

James is part-time co-ordinator and lecturer for the MPhil module Psychoanalysis and Art at Trinity College Dublin, and he tutors documentary filmmaking and portfolio preparation at Gorey School of Art.