Workshops & Education

The Writing Table with Tiziana la Melia

July 24, 2018

Please join the Writing Table for its fourth iteration with artist and poet Tiziana La Melia. In both her writing and visual art practice, La Melia brings together idiosyncratic references from literature, film, history, botany, biology, and her personal history in order to elaborate the multifaceted meanings and layers latent within images, materials, symbols, and text. Beginning with a discussion introducing some of her previous works and current projects, La Melia will facilitate a workshop examining the interplay between moving image, objects and writing.

The Writing Table is a series of arts-writing talks and workshops held in the Or Bookstore and dedicated to investigating the shifting relationship and potentialities between writing and visual art practice. The series brings together experienced arts writers as facilitators in a discussion and writing workshop aimed at cultivating new voices in arts writing, exploring alternative modes of writing about art, and examining writing as a vehicle and as a process for thinking about and producing art. From art criticism, to curatorial writing, to writing as artistic practice, the Writing Table considers the ways in which cogent and critically engaged writing plays a fundamental role in furthering arts discourse and in fostering community. The Writing Table is open to individuals from all backgrounds and experience levels, from recent graduates to writers working in other fields who are interested in the visual arts.


Programmed by Weiyi Chang. Weiyi’s curatorial residency is supported by the Early Career Development Program funded by the BC Arts Council.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register at

Participant Bios

Tiziana La Melia is an artist and writer. She was born in Palermo, raised on an orchard in the Okanagan and currently resides in Vancouver (unceded territories). A book of poetry titled The Eyelash and the Monochrome is forthcoming from Talonbooks, as well as a second printing of Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect with Blank Cheque Press. Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions of her work include Garden Gossip, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2017-18); Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016-17); Down to Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2016); Enter the Fog, St. Johns (2016); The Pigeon Looks for Death in the Space Between the Needle and the Haystack, Unit 17, Vancouver (2018); Broom Emotion, galerie anne baurrault, Paris (2017); Johnny Suede, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2017); Nature’s Way, Cooper Cole, Toronto (2017); Domestic like a Pre-raphaelite brotherhood, Truth and Consequences, Geneva (2017); and Stopping the Sun in its Course, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2015). Her writing has appeared in Art21, Organism for Poetic Research, C Magazine, and The Interjection Calendar, among others.