Wednesday 03 May 2017, 18:30 to 19:30
£6/£4 (Free for UWE staff and students with ID)

Writer and critic Brian Dillon discusses the essay as an expanded artistic practice. Presented in collaboration with the Art Writers Programme and UWE Fine Art.


The essay is a form of writing, thinking and making with a long history and an uncertain attitude to the future. The great literary essayists such as Michel de Montaigne, Thomas De Quincey and Virginia Woolf established a genre that is intimate, erudite, digressive and stylish. Contemporary essayists such as David Foster Wallace, Maggie Nelson and Mary Ruefle have pushed at the boundaries of the form, where it edges into fiction and poetry. But ‘essayism’ is also a way of making art: the film essay and photo essay are established modes, but I want to argue that literary essays ancient and recent may point the way to an even more expanded artistic practice of the essay.

Brian Dillon is a writer and critic, and UK editor of Cabinet magazine. His books include The Great Explosion (Penguin, 2015), Objects in This Mirror: Essays (Sternberg Press, 2014), Sanctuary (Sternberg Press, 2011) and Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (Penguin, 2009). His writing has appeared in the Guardian, London Review of Books, The White Review, Gorse, frieze, Artforum and The New York Times. He teaches critical writing at the Royal College of Art. Book Here


May 7th: Newlyn workshop with Patrick Langley focusing on writing about place and its relation to art. This will coincide with the Newlyn painting exhibition curated by Blair Todd. Confirmed for this are the artists Ben Sanderson (who is part of the show) and the young writer Tim Martindale, who recently completed a PhD on fishing communities and art history in the area. Owners of a local quarry  are granting  access (hard hats and all) in the afternoon. This will round off an event.

Thursday 11 May 2017, 18:30 to 20:00


£6/£4 (Free for UWE staff and students with ID)

A performative reading by the award-winning writer Maria Fusco, presented in collaboration with the Art Writer’s Programme and UWE.

Maria Fusco will make performative readings from her recent works Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (London: Vanguard Editions, 2017) described by Chris Kraus as “a new classic of female philosophical fiction” and Master Rock, a repertoire for a mountain, commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4. She will discuss and display the creases, methods, obsessions and problematics of interdisciplinary writing.

Maria Fusco is an award-winning Belfast-born writer based in Glasgow, working across fiction, criticism and theory, her work is translated into ten languages. Previous solo-authored books are With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form, 2013 (Los Angeles/Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), Gonda, 2012 and The Mechanical Copula, 2011 (both published Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press) and she is founder of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental writing. She is currently a Reader in Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Edinburgh and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Book Here