Writing in the Expanded Field – Call for applications

Tue 2 Oct 2018

This is a past program.
Main Exhibition Gallery

In conjunction with ACCA’s major exhibition Eva Rothschild: Kosmos (28 September – 25 November 2018), ACCA is launching a new writing program presented in partnership with RMIT University non/fictionLab supported by Media Partners, Art+Australia, Art Guide Australia and The Lifted Brow, for 15 participants selected by application.

Rothschild’s artworks are situated in an expanded sculptural practice in which the architectural context, the viewer, sculptural form and materials are in constant relation to one another. Writing in the Expanded Field will explore new methodologies for art writing and criticism, opening writing to an ‘expanded field’ in which the encounter between writer and artwork, and the relations of this engagement, may be animated by various writing positions between the critical, the personal and the imaginary.

The program will culminate in a public forum at ACCA (Monday 12 November, 6pm), to be collectively curated by program participants in collaboration with Lucinda Strahan, writer and researcher, RMIT non/fictionLab, and Anabelle Lacroix, ACCA’s Curator for Public Programs. Writing in the Expanded Field adopts an inclusive, workshop-based model which encourages discussion, collaboration and professional development through collective work. Each participant will have the opportunity to publish work in an online publication compiled and published by ACCA. There will also be one further publishing opportunities with each of the program Media Partners, Art+Australia, Art Guide Australia and The Lifted Brow.

This program will provide a significant professional development opportunity for participants. Applications are encouraged from writers of fiction and nonfiction, artists, designers and media storytellers of any kind with an interest in writing contemporary art. Applicants must complete an online form and submit 3 pieces of writing or other supporting material.
Please direct all enquiries to Anabelle Lacroix, Curator, Public Programs.
Applications close midnight Tuesday 2 October.



Writing Workshop with RMIT non/fictionLab researcher Lucinda Strahan
Thursday 18 October, 5pm–8pm, ACCA

 In this workshop Lucinda Strahan will introduce participants to the methodology of Writing in the Expanded Field. The workshop will consider the multiple and intersecting positions a writer may take in relation to art, exploring art as an emotional prompt, a thematic trampoline and a narrative trigger alongside critical and art historical perspectives. The essay will be offered as a hybrid and flexible literary form for this encounter, with essays by Maggie Nelson, Dodie Bellamy, Rachel Blau Duplessis and Brian Dillon offered for discussion.

Working Group with Dr Edward Colless, Varia Karipoff and Jini Maxwell
Monday 29 October, 5pm–8pm, ACCA 

The working group is a reflective session on the writing workshop, together with guest speakers Jini Maxwell, Editor, The Lifted Brow; Dr Edward Colless, Editor, Art+Australia; and Varia Karipoff, Print Editor, Art Guide Australia. The aim of the working group is to prepare for the public forum, which could include readings, performance and panel discussion, as well as the form and content of the final digital publication, published by ACCA. The session will start with a discussion with editors publishing partners about writing across different mediums, as well as varied forms of publishing.

Writing in the Expanded Field: A Public Forum
Monday 12 November, 6pm–8pm, ACCA

 This participant-led public forum at ACCA will reflect on Writing in the Expanded Field and the future of art writing, criticism and publishing. The public forum may also include readings or performances of works developed during writing workshop.

Publication Outcomes:
ACCA will produce a digital publication of all works by the 15 program participants, to be hosted on ACCA’s website. There will also be three further publishing opportunities, one at each of the participating media partners, Art+Australia, Art Guide Australia and The Lifted Brow.


Presenting Partner

Media Partners