Alessandro Vincentelli

Chair critical dialogue group reports back......

In late November the Turning Point Critical dialogue group assembled a day seminar that looked at critical writing, commissioning writers and the experiences of both print and on-line initiatives, publications and journals. The intention was to inform thinking regarding the outlined plans of the north east critical dialogue group and its allocation of funds for this area of work in the coming year.

The invitations to speakers reflected the interests and suggestions from members of the group. The day was made up of short presentations and conversations from Sarah Lowndes, Rosemary Shirley (A-N Air), Coline Milliard (Catalogue Magazine), Martin Herbert (Writer and Critic) and Lucy Gibson (Axis).

A valuable opportunity for exchange and conversation, the day generated a good deal of discussion and reflection. Participants were able to look at the benefits of different structures and models, and importantly it was also a chance to take from the strengths of what exists here already within the North East.

Posted here is a a link to an update from artist, Karen Davies who observed the day and wrote up some notes in her own blog.

"Here's the link to where I blogged about the Critical Dialogues seminar so people can access it easily."

Summary CVs of the contributors & website links.

Sarah Lowndes

Dr Sarah Lowndes is a lecturer, curator and writer based in Glasgow. Lowndes lectures in the Historical and Critical Studies Department at Glasgow School of Art, where her research focuses on artist-led projects, interdisciplinary and performance-related practice and contemporary art. Her PhD analyzed concrete performance art in Southern California in the 1960’s and ‘70s, and she has contributed to Frieze, The Frieze Yearbook, Artforum, Art on Paper, Untitled, Circa, MAP, 2HB publications for CCA Glasgow, Spike Art Quarterlyand Afterall and to catalogues for international institutions.

Sarah has recently had her original publication Social Sculpture:  the rise of the Glasgow Art Scene (first published in 2003, now out of print) re-published by the Luath Press. (

Coline Milliard

Coline Milliard is an art writer based in London. She is UK Editor for Modern Painters and ARTINFO, London correspondent for art press, and a regular contributor to Art Monthly. She is also founding co-editor ofCatalogue, the first contemporary art magazine designed to act as a platform for interaction between the English and French-speaking art worlds (Read online: The 5th edition of Catalogue has just been issued. 

Coline has written for MAP, Artnet Magazine, Contemporary, Flash Art InternationalUntitled, Metropolis M,, Afterall Online, Numéro, Art Review and Art in America. She co-curated Zineb Sedira's first retrospective at the mac, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Marseille (November 2010-March 2011

Lucy Gibson

Lucy Gibson is an artist-curator based in West Yorkshire. She has worked for several years on projects which bring site and context responsive art works into the daily life of the city. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 she has developed a number of innovative independent projects. She has lectured in collaborative strategies and professional practice at Leeds College of Art and Design. She is currently Dialogue Editor at Axis (  developing interaction and participation with the website and commissioning new content for the webzine, whilst also continuing her freelance artistic and curatorial work.

Martin Herbert

Martin Herbert is a writer and critic based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He writes regularly on contemporary art for magazines including Artforum, frieze and Art Monthly, on books for the Daily Telegraph, and is associate editor at ArtReview.  He has written catalogue essays for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, and the Serpentine and Hayward Galleries, and on artists ranging from Rebecca Warren, Paola Pivi and Darren Almond to Barnaby Furnas. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, and European editor of Modern Painters. His monograph on Mark Wallinger will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2011. 

Rosemary Shirley

Rosemary Shirley is the online editor of Interface - a-n magazine's platform for new critical writing about art. She studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths. She writes
regularly for a-n Magazine and has had work published in Contemporary, Circa and international publications such as Belgium based Context K. She teaches on the MA in Arts Management and Policy at Birkbeck, BA Art History at Goldsmiths and delivers lectures at universities around the UK. She is currently undertaking research at the University of Sussex for a Phd, looking at the non-metropolitan everyday and visual culture. 

Short list of websites that came up in the day: 

Catalogue Magazine set up by  Coline Milliard & Florence Ostende


Axis Web


A-N magazine and Interface


GI Festival

Urlibido and Le Drapeau Noir

Slash seconds: Peter Lewis and Graham Hibbert / Leeds Metroplitan University


Los Angeles 

East of Borneo – Tom Lawson  – ex LA art school  LA art scene/fiction


Art & Research Glasgow School of Art  GSA


Art Feast – North West and VAIL’s initiative