Critical Writing: In collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art

Writing about art is a complex affair. It’s rarely enough just to describe a contemporary art object-what it looks like-what it’s made of-because art is involved in the world around it in many different ways, channelling and influencing current conversations. To write meaningfully about art, we have to engage with a range of contexts, whether these are social, political, economic, cultural or, most often, a mixture of all these factors. All of this means that there are many ways to approach art criticism today, with opportunities to use a wide range of styles, voices and approaches; but it also makes a lot of demands of the critic. In this intensive series of workshops, Daniel Jewesbury will introduce various approaches to art writing, using a range of key texts.

Participants will then engage with the works in this year’s Turner Prize, producing their own critical responses, which will themselves be discussed and critiqued by the group.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire valuable skills in investigating, analysing and critiquing contemporary art.

Daniel Jewesbury was born in south London in 1972 and studied Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin between 1992 and 1996. Upon graduating Daniel moved to Belfast, where he studied for a PhD in the Media Studies department of the University of Ulster, between 1997 and 2001.

Writing has always been a central part of Daniel’s practice: he began publishing criticism 20 years ago while still studying at NCAD, first in Circa, and subsequently in a range of journals and magazines including Art Monthly, Source and Flash Art. Daniel has written catalogue essays for Willie Doherty (including a major text for Northern Ireland’s 2007 Venice Biennale) and Duncan Campbell (a text for the 2013 Scotland at Venice exhibition catalogue) and for many others including Roderick Buchanan and Garrett Phelan. He has published longer critical pieces in journals including Third Text, The Edinburgh Review and Art & Research. Daniel has been a co-editor of Variant since 2000 and has edited various other publications. He is also a prolific contributor to Belfast's satirical newspaper The Vacum.

  • When : Our first meeting will take place in late October and the group will decide on further meetings together.
  • How do I get involved? : Book by emailing: as places are limited.
  • How much? : FREE

Tea at Turner’s Saturday 14 December 12-4pm. Workshop for adults.

Come for tea and cakes at Turner Prize 2013 at Derry-Londonderry Ebrington  – not to eat (yet) but to draw and paint.

Doris Rohr invites you to bring your own preferred tea crockery or tea cup and saucer to contribute to a still life setting. Celebrating Schwitter’s partner’s hospitality and Laure Prouvost’s homage to the artist and his partner via her imaginary grandparents, this workshop invites you to draw or paint a still life of teapots, cups, and cakes. Media may involve drawing, mixed media and watercolour. Guidance will be given on composition, positive negative space, line and wash and watercolour basics, as well as more experimental mixed media approaches.

The workshop starts at 12 noon and finishes at 4 pm. You can also attend just for part of the workshop. It includes an optional introduction to the Turner Prize 2013.

 Basic materials will be supplied, and mixed media and experimental techniques will be demonstrated, but if you happen to have your own preferred materials please bring along!

Suggested materials to bring:Sketchbook, ruler, camera, brushes, water based paints, watercolour pencils, drawing pencils, eraser, high quality scissors or scalpel knife.Tea cups/ saucers or other crockery including your favourite pot – but we also have crockery which will be set up for a collective still life setting. Cakes provided may be consumed – after you have drawn them!

Doris Rohr is a facilitator for Turner Prize Education, she is Associate Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at University of Ulster Artworks see Axis database:




The Azure Project partners are; Age & Opportunity, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the Museum of Modern Art and the Butler Gallery. Azure at the Turner Prize will be facilitated by Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Education Curator at the Butler Gallery who trained at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and has collaborated with MoMA in developing the Azure model in Ireland, based on Meet Me at MoMA, MoMA’s monthly programme for people living with dementia and their families and care-partners.

How do I get involved? : At the pilot stage, we are collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Society of Northern Ireland who will facilitate us in identifying families for this phase which is by invitation only. Once the programme has been piloted and evaluated, it is envisaged that other visual arts spaces across Northern Ireland will be able to offer this service in association with The Alzheimer’s Society of Northern Ireland. Currently, staff from the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry~Londonderry are involved in the programme as well as the artists and educators on the Learning Team at The Turner Prize 2013.

(per)forming the female

Linking with the Women of the World festival, Michelle Browne will lead a series of workshops that look at representations of women, drawing on the work from The Turner Prize 2013 for inspiration. Working with women’s groups in Derry~Londonderry, the workshops will use performance and discussion-based methodologies to consider how women are presented and imagined in the city.

Michelle Browne is an artist and curator. Much of her work is performance based and she has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in IETM, Project Arts Centre; Risk Lab, Science Gallery; Connections Performance Festival, Cordoba, Argentina and Santiago Chile; Subject to Ongoing Change with The Performance Collective, Galway Arts Centre; Labour, London, Derry~Londonderry, Dublin; Quantified Self, Dublin; Transmuted International Performance Festival, Mexico;Right Here Right Now Irish Performance ArtKilmainham Gaol, Dublin; Trouble Performance Festival, Belgium, The National Review of Live Art, Scotland; European Performance Art Festival, Poland.

Michelle is the founder of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin running from 2006-2008. In 2009 she curated Vital Signs, an exhibition of arts and health in context for the Arts Council, Ireland, and Create and she was the 2010 curator of TULCA a season of visual art in Galway. She is currently Artist Advisor on the design team for the Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Scheme and board member of Black Church Print Studio, Dublin and she has written for Circa Art Magazine, Visual Artists News Sheet and Create News.

Michelle Browne’s practice is fundamentally performance-based where the face-to-face encounter is inherent in her work. Her work often generates a live experience for the viewer. She creates work where situations, actions or movements are the material, and the physical experience or engagement of the viewer forms the nexus of the work. 

  • When? : Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November 10am-5pm
  • How do I get involved? : If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Lynn McGrane, Head of Learning at The Turner Prize 2013 by emailing:
  • How Much? : Being involved in the project will not cost you anything financially, but your time and commitment are requested. Please note that places for this three-day project are booking up quickly.