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Portfolio NW critical writing blog

My name is Jack Welsh, a freelance arts administrator, researcher and writer currently based in Liverpool. A few months ago, Sara-Jayne Parsons, Exhibitions Curator at the Bluecoat, invited me to write a text for the Bluecoat exhibition Portfolio NW.

Portfolio NW brings together eight artists who have been specially commissioned by the Bluecoat to make new works. The exhibition continues the Bluecoat's ethos of supporting artists and practitioners at significant stages of their career. With this in mind, the departure point for my text was the relationship between the exhibition and critical writing in the region. It also focused on the artworks themselves. This resulted in a printed publication produced in collaboration with the Bluecoat Print Studio. 

To support and expand on this text, several writers, artists, curators and academics from across the region have been invited to contribute to a dedicated a-n Artists talking blog. As my original text concentrates on the term 'platform', within the context of both artists and writers, it is appropriate that Artists talking - itself a prominent platform for critical writing - acts as a vehicle for wider discourse around the exhibition. These texts will also be posted on the Bluecoat blog.

Each new contribution will look at themes pertaining to critical writing in the region and beyond. A new text will be uploaded weekly until the exhibition closes in September.

You can visit the a-n blog:

Image: Hannah Wooll, Norweigan Wood, 2010, oil on board, 51cm x 41cm.


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