Linguistic Hardcore: Adventures in art writing

Join the inaugural Perth Festival Visual Arts Writing Group for a discussion around what ‘art writing’ is and what it can offer to various audiences.

About the Event

Titled as an homage to the inaugural issue Maria Fusco’s journal of experimental artists’ writing, The Happy Hypocrite, this panel discussion explores the relationship between language and the art experience.

The Visual Art Writing Group will talk through their different experiences across the Festival’s Visual Arts program, and opinions and learnings about the act and place of writing.

The session will be facilitated by convenor Kelly Fliedner, and questions will be welcomed from the audience.

This event is co-presented with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

About the Visual Arts Writing Group

The Visual Arts Writing Group is working closely with Festival artists, staff, convener Kelly Fliedner, and each other to experiment with art writing, create conversation, and engage critically with the world of the Festival. As a group they are developing new critical and creative responses to visual art within the Festival, as well as its themes and currents.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 14 March

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

Venue: PICA Performance Space

Cost: FREE!


Christina Chau is a lecturer at Curtin University and has focused her attention on writing about contemporary art, modern kinetic sculpture, robots, and artificial intelligence.  She's also written a book titled  Movement, Time, Technology and Art and has also been a tv presenter for ABC.


Jenny Scott is an arts writer currently working in a curatorial role at a local social history museum. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and has spent the past ten years working in the arts sector on Whadjuk Noongar boodja.


Paul Boyé is a writer and artist living and working in Boorloo (Perth, Western Australia). They are currently a committee member at Cool Change Contemporary, PhD Candidate at UWA School of Design and the co-editor of Cactus Journal.


Sam Beard, born in Busselton, is interested in the arts of Western Australia. He has tutored in visual art and literature, encouraging secondary school students to pursue tertiary education and the value of the arts in intellectual and social development. Currently studying the history of art at the University of Western Australia, he also organises marketing and assists with exhibitions at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. Beard has authored articles, essays and reviews for publication.


Taylor Reudavey (b. 1994) is a performance artist and writer. She is a PhD (Fine Art) candidate at Curtin University and a recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Since 2016, she has exhibited with two major institutions and four local artist-run-initiatives, has published nine essays for exhibition catalogues, one essay for Cactus Journal (2017), and a chapter in Remembering Artemis (2018, UWA Publishing). She currently lives and works in Perth.


Tony Sarre and Mayma Awaida have been collaborators for two years, wherein their work has centralised on accessibility in the arts. As a team, they consider how art and writing are embodied experiences; specifically, they interrogate how to treat audio description as an element of narrative style, rather than as a mere adjunct.


Kelly Fliedner is a writer and curator who writes fiction and art criticism, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia in the School of Design where she also teaches. She is one of the editors of Semaphore, a weekly newsletter about art from Western Australia.

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