Workshops & Education

The Writing Table

April 24, 2018

Please join us in the Or Bookstore for a workshop with Momus Publisher and Editor, Sky Goodden. Beginning with an introduction to Momus, Goodden will discuss the context—both national and international— that led her to launch the publication, which foregrounds brave, accountable and accessible art criticism. Goodden will point to the leading elements and issues in criticism, both historically and in the present. This includes the “crisis of criticism” of the mid-aughts; Canada’s history of urgent, risk-taking criticism in the ’60s-’80s; and the dearth of evaluative writing in the wake of a theory- and market-driven ’90s. The workshop will incorporate an opportunity to collectively review, edit and discuss an example art critical text, inviting participants to analyse the actively regenerating field of art criticism generally.

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. RSVP by Monday, April 23rd

Participant Bios

Sky Goodden is the founding publisher and editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. Momus has been critically recognized, and widely read and shared. It was shortlisted for two International Art Criticism Awards in 2016. Upon its third anniversary in October 2017, Momus has grown an audience of over 700,000 readers. It’s now producing a podcast titled Momus: The Podcast, and has published its first print compendium, Momus: A Return to Art Criticism Vol. 1 (2014-17).


Goodden holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which in 2016 awarded her with an Alumni of Influence Award, “The Trailblazer.” She has published in Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21.