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Professional Short Course
ART OPENINGS: The Expanded Field of Art Writing

9 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
12 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
16 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
19 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
23 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
26 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
30 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
2 Aug 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

A four-part workshop on critical art writing by established writers, poets, artists, and curators: Yeo Wei Wei, writer; Jason Wee, artist and poet; Pauline J. Yao, critic; and Nuraliah Norasid, writer

Course dates/times: 9 July – 2 August 2018 (see programme)
Venue: The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
EXTENDED Application Deadline: Monday, 25 June 2018

Fee (inclusive of GST):
S$850 per person for entire course; *student discount: S$680 (only applicable for full course)
S$300 per person per weekly session

This four-part course on critical art writing explores various methods and techniques of writing about art and culture. Participants will acquire significant tools to develop skills in analysing, formulating, and editing texts, as well as expand their practical knowledge of the field.

Please email the following documents (in pdf format) to

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
  • Up to 3 short writing samples


Monday, 9 July & Thursday, 12 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Poetry
By Yeo Wei Wei (Singapore), writer

Yeo Wei Wei will guide participants away from the ekphrastic towards poetry’s other approaches to art, which does not simply describe or translate the visual artwork into a poem, but explores other ways in which poetic forms are able to be utilised in art writing and art making. Yeo is a Singaporean writer and translator. Her publications include a short story collection These Foolish Things & Other Stories, and essays on poetry, painting, photography, and theatre. She holds a PhD in English from Cambridge University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.


Monday, 16 July & Thursday, 19 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Artist as Writer
By Jason Wee (Singapore), artist and writer

Jason Wee will introduce ways of writing as an artistic practice. Editor for Softblow and the 2014–15 writer-in-residence at the National University of Singapore, Wee creates text to produce works such as the performance script Tongues (2012), co-written with Sean Tobin, commissioned for the Singapore Fringe Festival 2012, as well as in his poetry volume The Monsters Between Us (2013) as medium and way of expressing his socio-political views.


Monday, 23 July & Thursday, 26 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Non-Fiction
By Pauline J. Yao (United States/Hong Kong), Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Pauline J. Yao will speak about the documentary, the essayistic, the archival, as well as other non-fiction approaches to art writing. Before her current position as Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Yao held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years. She is a co-founder of the storefront art space Arrow Factory and is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications, and edited volumes.


Monday, 30 July & Thursday, 2 August, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Fiction
By Nuraliah Norasid (Singapore), author

Nuraliah Norasid’s session will focus on the possibilities of the novel and the short story as forms of art writing. The winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for her debut novel The Gatekeeper (published 2017), Nuraliah holds a PhD in English literature and creative writing from Nanyang Technological University and works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs, where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified, and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out (2016).


Image caption (from left to right): Yeo Wei Wei, Jason Wee, Pauline J. Yao, Nuraliah Norasid