Writing Workshop

with Sky Goodden

Date:            Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September 16th 2016
Location:   Edmonton Arts Council (Sept 15) Edmonton, AB, and
                        Manasc Isaac Architects (Sept 16) Edmonton, AB

Ociciwan Core Members taking notes as they listen to facilitator, Sky Godden

Ociciwan Core Members taking notes as they listen to facilitator, Sky Godden

As a part of our commitment to engaging in critical dialogue and encouraging research and awareness of Indigenous contemporary art practices, Ociciwan invited Sky Goodden to instruct two writing workshops for artists and art writers. The first workshop on September 15 was for artists and cultural workers within the broader Edmonton arts community. During this workshop Sky worked with participants towards developing their individual writing goals, and geared the workshop to support artists statements and project proposals. Sky provided some writing exercises and the group discussed grammar, syntax, and style as well as the differences and similarities between artist statements, art criticism, and general articles.

The following day Sky instructed a very similar workshop for the members of Ociciwan. Ociciwan members are required to write a diverse assortment of texts ranging from catalogue texts to promotional writing with an interest in art criticism and this workshop was tailored to accommodate these specificities. Sky was generous in sharing writing resources and tips to stay motivated and focused. In both workshops Sky listened to each participant and worked with them to determine how to best work towards achieving their writing goals.

About the Facilitator

Sky Goodden is the founding editor of Momus, an international online art publication that promotes art writing and journalism, and stresses a return to art criticism. Momus has been critically recognized, and widely read and shared, receiving citations from peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, artnet News, LA Times, and Art F City. In its first twenty months, it has produced an audience of over 500,000 readers, globally. Before this, Goodden was the founding editor of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada from 2011-2014. She regularly writes for Modern Painters, Art + Auction, Canadian Art, The National Post, Art21, artnet News, and C Magazine. She was the 2010 Editorial Resident at Canadian Art, and holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University.