The Art Writers Group (AWG) is a new association formed by Peter Stiles, Josephine Lanyon and Grace Davies.

During  2017 Peter Stiles and Josephine Lanyon will run the Art Writers Programme (AWP) in three locations in the South West Region. The Art Writing Programme has been funded by  Arts Council of England. The key ambitions of this series of residencies, lectures/events and peer to peer learning are to:

1) provide opportunities for organisations/individuals to gain new skills in writing about art.

2) introduce a range of audiences to different approaches to thinking about art.

3) produce lively, informative and engaging texts on the contemporary arts for digital and printed outputs.

Bespoke art writing programmes have been devised to suit the needs of three areas: Plymouth, West Cornwall and Bristol. Writers will be appointed for each location and a range of learning and sharing opportunities will take place. The separate strands of the programme will be linked via three events targeted at the whole region: an introductory seminar at Hestercombe in Somerset bringing together arts partners to explore the development of art writing in the region, then a day of practical training for the region’s organisations to think about authorial voice and audience (held in Plymouth) and finally a study day in Bristol to look into editorial practice and policy.

The programme is partnered by Plymouth Culture, Made in Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Council, Arnolfini. Spike Island, U.W.E., St Ives Tate, Newlyn Art Gallery, CAST, Hestercombe and Visual Art South West.