Axisweb launches its Writing Scotland programme

Axisweb launches its Writing Scotland programme Untitled (paper no.1) 2006. Credit: Sarah Lynch

A new programme for emergent writers about contemporary art in Scotland.

A new programme for emergent writers about contemporary art in Scotland

We are delighted to announce the participants in ‘Writing Scotland’ - a programme of mentoring and publishing support funded through Creative Scotland’s ‘Creative Futures’ scheme.

Sarah Rose, Alexander Storey, Guo-Liang Tan, Valerie Norris and Laura Campbell have been selected from a strong field of applicants by a panel that included Francis McKee, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow.

Glasgow-based arts journalist Chris Sharratt will run the programme, which will consist of practical workshops at the CCA with leading writers about contemporary art:

• Moira Jeffrey, art critic of the Scotsman newspaper
• Neil Mulholland, Professor of Contemporary Art Practice & Theory at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the MFA Contemporary Art Edinburgh College of Art
• Sarah Tripp, artist and writer based in Glasgow

“Increasingly people are turning to the web for information about artists and good critical writing about the visual arts,” says Axisweb Director Sheila McGregor. “We look forward to giving new writers in Scotland a helping hand, while also increasing online exposure for the fantastic contemporary art scene there.”


A bit about them….

Sarah Rose graduated in 2010 with a BA majoring in Writing Studies from the University of Auckland. She then went on to gain an MFA from Glasgow School of Art. Since then the development of her art and writing practices has been intertwined. Rose is interested in making “work that is inherently collaborative as it is shaped by publishers, designers, artists, and editors.”

Read Sarah's article about The Bothy Project on the Isle of Eigg >

Alexander Storey graduated in 2010 with a degree in printmaking from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Storey has since been developing a rich and varied career that involves exhibiting, writing and curating. To Storey “It seems more vital than ever to both create a space for autonomous critical writing and to experiment with what possible forms art criticism might take.”

Guo-Liang Tan graduated in 2003 with a Degree in Art and Critical Theory from Goldsmiths College and is currently completing a Masters in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. He has been involved in various curatorial and publication projects. Currently Liang is writing for ‘Remote’, a journal for contemporary art practices based in Singapore. Liang sees “writing as a means to articulate and translate our experiences of art as well as a conceptual tool to build and give form to ideas.”

Read Guo-Lian's article about painting in Glasgow >

Valerie Norris received a Fine Art Printmaking degree in 1996 and then a Masters of Fine Art in 2005, both from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. Text and language play an integral part in Norris’s practice and past works have ranged from hand-written text vignettes and mini comics to zines and experimental poetry. Norris is “interested in how writing and language can be incorporated into an expanded visual art practice.”

Laura Campbell graduated with a BA in Painting and Printmaking in 2013 from Glasgow School of Art. Campbell sees the parallels between visual art and writing: “Teasing ideas out of paint is not so different from teasing ideas out of words; both are malleable and can be tweaked, altered and erased to just the right effect.” Whilst studying Campbell created a monthly art school zine, so as to have a platform for her writing and voice opinions on cultural events taking place in Scotland.

Read Laura's interview with the organisers of Glasgow Open House Festival>


All five of the participants will be writing new work for publication during the programme and will be offered the opportunity to submit work ‘on spec’ to Axisweb and partner publications. So keep your eyes peeled for these five aspiring writers.


The Writing Scotland programme is working in partnership with CCA and This is Tomorrow.

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Image credit: Sarah Lynch