WATCH: “A really valuable insight for young critics” — #BeACritic 2015

Watch how our #BeACritic campaign has impacted aspiring arts writers so far…

Earlier last year, our #BeACritic project saw the Royal Academy’s Tim Marlow travel to Liverpool to share invaluable advice with 15 aspiring (and North-West of England based) art critics. Watch our film to find out more; plus read more about the project, and read the growing number of commissioned articles, on our website.

Marlow, who was invited to lead the second #BeACritic masterclass on Saturday 16 May 2015, 11am-12.30pm, has over 20 years’ experience presenting arts programmes for the BBC, Sky Arts, Channel 4 and Five, in addition to writing extensively for newspapers and magazines on arts and culture – including the Times, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Arena and Art Monthly.

Marlow said of the project: “Some of my best friends are critics; some of my worst enemies are critics. We need them. Please nurture the #BeACritic project.

“Some of my best friends are critics; some of my worst enemies are critics. We need them”

“In a Twitter-invested society, where anyone’s opinion thought up in the heat of any moment, somehow has cultural validity, please encourage rigorous, considered critical thinking. We need the #BeACritic project.”

2015 participant  Laura Harris – who was one of 15 writers selected out of over 100 talented applicants who responded to our open call — called the day “a really valuable insight for young critics to see someone with an established career”.

Harris continued: “It was also interesting to reflect on criticism as a practice, which is something a lot of critics — that sit in their bedrooms and write articles — don’t really do.”

The #BeACritic project is an annual programme of mentoring and commissioned critical articles initiated and supported by The Double Negative Magazine, Liverpool John Moores University and Arts Council England. See a video of #BeACritic 2014 — led by ArtReview’s Oliver Basciano — here.

The #BeACritic cohort have been commissioned to write their own critiques, reviews and features throughout 2015 for The Double Negative, receiving £100, editorial feedback and support.

Laura Robertson (editor)

Read more on Twitter #beacritic

With thanks to LJMU graduates GreenBrick Film, and to Tate Liverpool for hosting us

Arts Council England

Posted on 25/09/2015 by thedoublenegative