'On Being Curious'

20th May 2016 at 10:11

With a foreword by Lancaster Arts curator Richard Smith; On Being Curious:  New   Critical   Writing   on   Contemporary   Art From the North-West of England is a new book edited by Laura Robertson. Published  by  The  Double  Negative  on  behalf  of  Contemporary Visual Arts Network North-West (CVAN NW) 10  new  articles  on  contemporary  art  from  10  emerging  writers:  On  Being Curious is a book telling the story of the North-West’s contemporary visual art scene, yet contributes to national and international debates around what it means to make powerful, arresting and effective arts practice.  The  first  book  edited  and  published  in  house  by  The  Double  Negative magazine,  On  Being Curious has been  commissioned by  the  Contemporary Visual  Arts  Network  North-West  (CVAN  NW),  as  part  of  their  successful  Critical  Writing  Bursary  &  Workshop  Programme  (2014-16).  It  is  funded by Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art and arts organisations across the North-West. The    writers’    chosen   topics    include    award-winning    artists,    projects, exhibitions,  art  schools,  agencies  and  artist-led  venues, and  provide  a  rich snapshot  of  the  contemporary  art  scene  in  the  region  from  the  last  18 months. On  Being  Curious  editor  Laura  Robertson  said: “On  Being  Curious  just goes to show what can be achieved by providing emerging writers with clear and   constructive   editorial   support;   editorial   contacts   at   publications; networking  and  skills-building;  and  critical  writing  bursaries.  I  feel  very honoured  to  have  been  part  of  this  book  and  the  wider  CVAN NW  Critical Writing Bursary & Workshop Programme.”On Being Curious has been praised by frieze magazine’s  Jennifer  Higgie, a-n’s Chris   Sharratt,   and   ArtReview’s   Oliver   Basciano –who commented: “This book  provides  10  smacks  in  the face  to  the  idea that  art criticism  is  dead.  Art  needs  to  be  interrogated,  artists’  ideas  stretched  and pummelled,  loved  and  lauded: the  writers  contained within  these  pages  do all this and more, with verve and humour, hitting points and making targets with scary panache.”On  Being  Curious  will  be  available  in  a  selection  of  public  and  university libraries across the North-West and the UK, including at the British Library.

 You can read the digital version online: Read here