critical writing exchanges


Critical Thinking: Welsh Arts Critics’ Development Programme

Susie Wild, one of the participants for the Welsh Arts Critics' Development Programme, reports for Pioneer, the e-newsletter for Culture Colony

"Last month I completed the Welsh Arts Critics' Development Programme with Wales Arts International and Visiting Arts. Four new critics - Lowri Hâf Cooke, Amelia Forsbrook, Dylan Moore and myself - took part in the 6-month programme which was designed to develop coverage and critical discussion of Welsh arts.

critical writing exchanges


Welsh Arts Critics' Blogs from Hay Festival Kerala

Two participants of our current Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011, Susie Wild and Dylan Moore, give their views from the recent Kerala edition of the Hay Festival

Susie is a freelance journalist, PR, poet, writer and editor, and a regular contributor to Buzz magazine.

Dylan is the founding editor CFUK; founding co-editor The Raconteur and alumnus of the National Theatre of Wales / Academi ‘New Critic’ scheme.

contemporary myths


Contemporary Myths - Video

Video of the recent Contemporary Myths programme which took place in Farnham, Liverpool and Dartington



The Silent Zone of the World - Lemi Ponifasio

‘The Silent Zone of the World’




Roddy Buchanan/ Sharjah residency

By Kelly Carmichael

Robert Rauschenberg could not have put it more succinctly – "the artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history”. This idea of artist as witness is not a new one. Historically and across all art forms the role of artists to observe, announce, document and translate is central to our knowledge of the past. From Japanese floating world prints to hieroglyphics in Egyptian tombs, James Joyce’s Dubliners to Picasso’s Guernica, artists have contributed strongly to recording the existence of and providing evidence for our understanding of historical events and social circumstance. The artist, however, is more than a passive witness of events – whether monumental or everyday. They are an active participant in the unfolding of their own particular time in history.

working internationally


Call to organisations – How will you maintain your international working? How will we hear the international artists voices?

With recent events in the Middle East and beyond, there is a greater imperative for these international voices to be heard and, in particular for the voices of the artists to have a platform.

But, the current funding cuts from public and other bodies are starting to affect organisations up and down the United Kingdom. Where will you make your cuts internally? Is it the research and training budgets? The international links and residencies that will suffer? In addition, the mechanisms in place to finance bringing international work into the country are diminishing rapidly. Our research shows that the main funding for incoming work for international artists is now from the Arts Councils and with heavy demands on this reduced funding, will this strand of work suffer disproportionately?



Lost Languages And Other Voices - Joy Gregory Retrospective

If Visiting Arts’ ‘Future Thinking’ document is the philosophy behind artist residencies and intercultural dialogue, Joy Gregory is the practice. Over the last 25 years her work has evolved from and explored the characteristics and dynamics of international residencies and exemplified how ‘space’ can become ‘place’ when given connection, context and meaning. An upcoming interview with Joy Gregory will attempt to draw out exactly what is at the heart of an international residency experience and, at a time when dialogue has never been so important, what role residencies and cultural practitioners can play in intercultural understanding.



Artist Voices - Voices from the Middle East

Two young artists give contrasting views of how the current political events are affecting their practice



Artists in Conversation - Gohar Dashti

Artist talk: Gohar Dashti in conversation with Adam Knights (Arts Projects Manager, Visiting Arts)
Thursday 24 February 2011, 19:00 - 20:00
The Delfina Foundation
29 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY
Free. Rsvp required.

Photographer Gohar Dashti has been in residence at Impressions Gallery, Bradford and will be artist-in-residence at The Delfina Foundation in February, taking part in 1mile², a Visiting Arts initiative that connects artists, ecologists and communities through creative engagement. At this event, Gohar will present past and present work and will reflect on her time in the UK exploring the influence of recent experiences on her practice.

producers visits


Eckhard Thiemann – Reflections On The UK Korea Producers Visit

By Kelly Carmichael

Visiting Arts runs a successful programme of ambitious research visits abroad which seek to provide UK curators and producers with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of international art practice in a specific overseas context. Having recently signed an agreement with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to promote and support collaborative exchange between the Korean and UK cultural scenes, a Producers’ Visit to the South Korean capital was undertaken in Autumn 2010. Working in partnership with KAMS, Visiting Arts sought to enable participants to develop professional networks between Korea and the UK and encourage collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries.



1mile2 Bradford - Gohar Dashti


GOHAR DASHTI Profile - guest edited by Kelly Carmichael
The latest in a series of innovative residencies sees Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti head to Bradford in the north of England for four weeks from late January 2011. Part of Visiting Arts’ 1mile² ( programme, her residency is supported by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and DCMS. While in residence at Impressions Gallery, Dashti will collaborate with ecologist Charlie Gray and lead a photographic mapping project with Bradford’s local community.

literature lab


Literature LAB - Writers Exchange 2010

Visiting Arts, West Dean College (West Sussex) worked together in inviting two poets who write in Arabic, to take part in a one week residency in the Sussex Downs for the first week of November 2010.

Nujoom al-Ghanem is an Emirati writer who combines popular writing with challenging contemporary verse. Fadhil al-Azzawi originally from Iraq, now based in Berlin, has developed an extraordinary international reputation for his perceptive and entertaining verse and performance.Nujoom and Fadhil participated in Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London from Saturday 30 Oct to Sunday 7 Nov, where they discussed their practice as poets and they time at West Dean.

Below Greg Mosse writer, translator and creative writing teacher recalls his experience with the poets and their residency



International Mobility


VA's European Information Officer, Christoph Jankowski talks about International mobility matters for the development of culture, creativity and best practise at home and abroad. First published in ArtsProfessional 221, 5 July 2010.