Visual Arts Writing Group

The Visual Art Writing Group works closely with Festival artists, staff, and convener Kelly Fliedner to think through and experiment with what ‘art writing’ is, and what it might offer art and all its various audiences. The group will develop new critical and creative responses to visual art within the Festival, as well as its themes and currents. 

Work produced through this program will be included in the Festival’s Visual Arts Guide to be released in February 2020. The Visual Arts Guide has a broad readership and is widely distributed, offering an initial point of connection between Festival audiences and the visual arts program.

Artbus, Photo by Cam Campbell

About the participants

Christina Chau

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

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

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

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

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

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.

About the convener

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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