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Open Call for New Workshops in Warsaw: Art Writing with Bean Gilsdorf

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Taught by Bean Gilsdorf, Editor in Chief of Daily Serving, this practical workshop focuses on the basics of looking, thinking, and writing about artworks. Over the course of two days, students will learn fundamental techniques of observation, the characteristics of strong critical writing, and strategies for editing and publishing.

Criticism is essential to a healthy art scene—for an art community to thrive, artworks need to be examined, debated, encouraged and archived. We will focus on evaluating and interpreting art, formulating a thesis, and writing with clarity and style. As part of the workshops, each student will be required to write an original short-form review. Following the course, there will be an opportunity for participants to publish their work online with Daily Serving, Bęc Zmiana, and Students must be proficient in speaking and writing in English. The workshops are free and open to anyone interested in writing about art.


Times and Locations:

10:00 to 14:00, Saturday 17th December, Zachęta National Gallery of Art

10:00 to 14:00, Sunday 18th December, Bęc Zmiana Foundation

There will be a three-page preparatory reading distributed to participants beforehand on 14th December 2016.



Your application should consist of a letter about your motivations, no longer than 400 words, describing why would you like to participate in the workshops. Please send it as a .doc or .pdf file titled with your full name (e.g. "Surname_Name.pdf") to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email, please write: "Art Writing Workshops Application".

Deadline: 4th December 2016 at 23:59 CET.  The chosen participants will be notified by email on 8th December 2016.

The workshops are organised by Daily Serving, Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute ( The workshops are part of the IAMBADA series, organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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