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Critics, curators, artists and writers to explore connections between painting and writing

28 February 2018

Writing Painting/Painting Writing symposium will take place on 22 March at Whitworth Gallery

Manchester School of Art and Painting Manchester are set to hold a symposium exploring aspects of the relationship between painting and writing at Whitworth Gallery.

Writing Painting/Painting Writing is an afternoon of presentations panel discussions that explore connections between the two disciplines. It provides the opportunity to hear from art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for ArtForum, Barry Schwabsky; artist Allison Katz, whose work has been shown at Tate St Ives and featured on the cover of Frieze and CURA magazines, and Andrew Hunt who has recently joined Manchester School of Art as a Professor of Fine Art and Curating.

Andrew is a writer and curator who recently founded and directed the international arts festival Reading: International. From 2008-2014 he was the Director of Focal Point Gallery (FPG), overseeing the gallery’s move into a new building and programme of exhibitions and events.

He has worked on exhibitions with artists such Mike Nelson, Tris Vonna-Mitchell and Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, and has produced printed work, exhibition design and branding for installations with nationally and internationally established designers.

In 2012, he was a member of the Tuner Prize jury and has contributed to publications such as Art Monthly, Domus, Frieze and TATE ETC.

There are a number of student bursaries available for the symposium. Please contact Magnus Quaife at for more information about this or if you have any other queries about the event.

You can buy tickets for the Symposium from the MMU Online Shop