How to be an art critic

Friday, 6 October 2023
12:00PM - 1:30PM (AEST)
Verge Gallery
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A person is blurred on the left. They are staring at a silicone mask stretched across an Ipod case, both are very sheer white in tone. Below there is pearls dangled over silicone bra pads, they are both covered in fake blood with needles poking into the silicone.

A workshop on contemporary art writing, designed specifically for University of Sydney students. 

Bonnie Huang , jesus crucified on the cross, 2022, found objects, silicone mask, metal sheet, pearls, scar wax, hot glue, bottle caps, synthetic cockroaches, Demonias, amyl bottles, iPod and earphones, 1800 x 500 mm. Photography by Jessica Maurer.

Art writers of USyd unite!

Join us for a workshop on contemporary art writing, designed specifically for University of Sydney students. If you aspire to be an art critic for PULP, for Memo Review, for Art Monthly or for ArtForum, then this is for you!

You will have a chance to hear from and ask questions of three of Sydney's leading art writers: Mariam Arcilla, Neha Kale and Toni Ross. 

Our discussion will take place amidst Verge’s exhibition of new work by USyd students, The 2023 USU Creative Awards

To attend, make sure to register via the link above.

Co-presented with Verge Gallery and PULP magazine.

Toni Ross, Neha Kale and Mariam Arcilla at Verge Gallery
The audience at Verge Gallery


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Mariam Arcilla

Mariam Ella Arcilla is a Filipina-Singaporean writer, editor, communications consultant, and creative producer. Devoted to a collaborative practice, she works with artists, cultural workers, and organisations to turn radiant ideas and research into programs, publications and resources. She is the Co-Chair of Runway Journal, a Guest Editor of fine print, a Parramatta Artists Studios mentor, The Calamansi Story Co-Editor, and Lead writer of Arts House’s Equity—Builder out late 2023. Embedded in the arts sector since 2006, Mariam has held managerial and programming positions at galleries, ARIs, government departments, and global tech companies, including 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Arts Queensland, Institute of Modern Art, Liquid Architecture, and City of Gold Coast. Her writing is published in Running Dog, Art Guide, VAULT, Art Collector, and Art Monthly, with copywriting work featured in Australian arts books, catalogues and websites. Mariam is based on Gadigal land and holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Creative Arts in Contemporary Art & Creative Writing from Griffith University, Gold Coast.

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Neha Kale

Neha Kale is a widely-published writer. Her criticism, essays, features and reportage on visual art, contemporary culture and society have appeared in many Australian and international publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, ArtReview, Art Guide Australia, SBS, ABC, Vogue, Running Dog, Griffith Review and more. She currently writes a fortnightly column for The Saturday Paper called The Influence, interviewing cultural figures about the art that has shaped their lives.

Neha was involved as a facilitator in re(situate), a program run by the Australia Council as part of Australia at the Venice Biennale and has judged the 2023 Walkley Awards and the 2022 David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award. In 2023, she received a Faber Scholarship for Creative Nonfiction. She was previously the editor and editor-at-large of VAULT magazine.

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Toni Ross

Dr. Toni Ross taught art history and theory at UNSW, Sydney, School of Art & Design from 2001-2020 and is currently Honorary Senior lecturer at that institution. Her studies of contemporary art, aesthetics and politics have been published by Duke University Press, Routledge, Acumen Publishing, Intellect Books, Pennsylvania State University Press, among others. She has been Sydney reviewer for Artforum magazine since 2014. Her current research focusses on contemporary art engaged with wellness culture and ecological themes.