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Art Openings – The Expanded Field of Art Writing

2 Oct 2017, Mon
9 Oct 2017, Mon
10 Oct 2017, Tue
16 Oct 2017, Mon
23 Oct 2017, Mon
24 Oct 2017, Tue
30 Oct 2017, Mon
6 Nov 2017, Mon - 7 Nov 2017, Tue
13 Nov 2017, Mon
20 Nov 2017, Mon - 21 Nov 2017, Tue

Duration: This writing course has been postponed. Stay tuned for further updates.

Participation fee: 1400 SGD (+7% GST)
To Apply:

Art Openings – The Expanded Field of Writing is a short professional course conducted by NTU CCA Singapore, collaboratively conceived by Magdalena Magiera and Jason Wee, to develop and deepen art writing skills, going beyond the conventions of journalistic reportage. The intensive programme, similar to its successful forerunner, Art Reviews – The Expanded Field of Art Writing, consists of keynote lectures, preparatory readings and workshops both in the classroom and in the field.

Intended for recent graduates and professionals in related fields of art, participants will be expected to undertake group excursions to exhibitions, engage in writing exercises, reading and analyzing, formulating and editing. This course will expose participants to various literary styles – which include poetry, fictional writing, and curatorial texts – from leading practitioners here and from abroad. Participants are encouraged to expand beyond the conventions of the art review or of the academic essay, and to consider the usefulness of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in encountering art.

Four sessions are organised and led by renowned fiction writers, poets, art writers and curators. Each will teach as the lead writer over 4 sessions (12 days).

Each session begins on a Monday evening with a keynote lecture of a specific writing genre led by a specialist instructor, followed by a group tour of an exhibition. Participants are given time to reflect on the exhibition they have seen and write to submit texts on the following week. Participants gather on a subsequent Monday and Tuesday for an intensive workshop of critique and readings.


Session 1: Non-Fiction
02, 09, 10 Oct

Session 2. Artist Writing
16, 23, 24 Oct

Session 3. Fiction
30 Oct, 06, 07 Nov

Session 4. Poetry
13, 20, 21 Nov

Note: Between each part, participants are asked to read three recommended readings, selected by invited guest lecturers, to prepare for upcoming sessions.


Please submit the following documents (in pdf fromat) via email to
– CV (max. 2 pages)
– Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
– Up to 3 short writing samples

Note: All applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the programme.

For any enquiries, please contact

Image credit: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore


Magdalena Magiera (Germany/Singapore) is Curator, Outreach & Education at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). She was an independent curator, Managing Editor of frieze d/e and editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011) as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. Magiera was also project manager of The Maybe Education and Other Programs of dOCUMENTA(13) (2012) AND UNITEDNATIONSPLAZA (2006-2008) in Berlin. Prior to joining NTU CCA Singapore, she worked for e-flux exhibitions and public programs in New York City.

Jason Wee (b. 1979, Singapore) lives and works in Singapore and New York. His practice is concerned with hollowing out singular authority in favour of polyphony. He transforms singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architecture, idealism, and unexplored futures. Wee is the Founder and Director of Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency programme that focuses on emerging artists, experimental curatorial practices, new forms of writing, and design propositions. He is editor of the poetry journal Softblow.