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Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011 Successful Participants Announcement

Visiting Arts, is working in partnership with Wales Arts International, to deliver a development programme for Welsh Arts Critics. Designed to develop coverage and critical discussion of Welsh arts, the intensive workshop and subsequent bespoke programme, will provide an opportunity to critique work together and explore the role of the art critic. The course will be led by Linda Christmas, a former arts journalist and experienced teacher of journalism.

The programme was launched in April 2011 with an open call announcement and 34 applications were received. The successful candidates have now been selected as follows:

• Lowri Hâf Cooke – a regular reviewer on; Red Handed Magazine, Barn, Tu Chwith, Y Twll, Radio Cymru and Golwg
• Amelia Forsbrook - a stage editor, theatre critic, freelance arts correspondent and co- founder of art.IS blog. Awarded 'Best Critic' by Tim Jonze, Editor of in the Cardiff University Student Media Awards
• Dylan Moore – founding editor CFUK; founding co-editor The Raconteur and alumnus of the National Theatre of Wales / Academi ‘New Critic’ scheme.
• Susie Wild - a freelance journalist, PR, poet, writer and editor, and a regular contributor to Buzz magazine.

The participants will now undertake a two-day induction, and each will each be paired with an established critic who will provide 1:1 mentorship over a period of six-months. During this time, all four participants will receive financial and logistical support to attend two overseas arts platforms featuring Welsh artists. Publication partners will ensure that material generated will be published. The programme will conclude with a day of reflection for the group.

For further information, please contact Sioned Hughes, Arts Manager at Visiting Arts on

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