ART WRITING — GOREY SCHOOL OF ART. SEPTEMBER 2019. APPLY NOW.
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.
Delivered in a state-of-the-art 4K Arthouse cinema, we have exclusive use of this rare amenity for lectures, presentations and film screenings.
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.
Over the course of the year we will plan at least 5 field trips to experience art in the gallery setting.
Each student chooses a topic or passion to research in more detail.
Meet Your Tutor
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 billionjournal.com, 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.