This week Jacqueline Bradley and Bettina Hill – both fantastic Canberra artists – organised a writing workshop which was held at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Braddon. Speakers at the event included David Broker, Director CCAS; Helen Ennis, Associate Professor ANU School of Art; Kate Murphy, Lecturer ANU School of Art; Yolande Norris, Festival Producer, Freelance Curator and Arts Writer; and Kiki Skountzos, Arts Development Officer ArtsACT.
It was a great night and each of the speakers shared their writing secrets – from writing an effective artist’s statement or proposal to applying for grants or writing for websites, even just writing as part of general arts practice. One of the key messages from the night was to keep writing clear, accessible and without using overblown artist (pronounce that artiste, preferably while wearing thick horn-rimmed glasses) or overly academic words. David Broker showed us a clip which I want to share with you here, I think it’s pretty funny!