Extended Conversations is a new programme for emerging art writers based in Aotearoa, co-convened by Enjoy Public Art Gallery and Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Part online publishing platform and part mentoring programme, this initiative will build, sustain and share dialogue between emerging participants and established writers from March–November 2018.


Taking the idea of ‘critiquing art criticism’ as a starting point, Extended Conversations is centred around two intensive workshops and the subsequent development of two long-form texts by each participant in separate halves of the year. These will be published online here at extendedconversations.org.nz. Part one will begin with a weekend workshop in Ōtepoti in April, and part two will begin with a weekend workshop in Te Whanganui-a-Tara in July. Participants will receive individual guidance and feedback from an established writer and their peers in the programme.

Considering the specific social and political contexts of Aotearoa, these two intensives will explore questions around the challenges, ethics and efficacy of critical writing about art. We expect participants to extend, elaborate on, or challenge aspects of these conversations from their own perspectives. The programme will explore art writing as a critical activity. The form, genre or orientation of this writing—art historical, ficto-critical, personal, journalistic, etc.—is not predetermined.

The open call for participants has now closed. This website will be updated with further information as the programme unfolds. You can also follow Extended Conversations on Instagram and Twitter, or sign up to our mailing list.


Located in the North and South Islands respectively, Enjoy and Blue Oyster support practitioners to develop critical perspectives within supportive non-commercial environments. This programme is independent to the exhibition programming of both organisations. Both Enjoy and Blue Oyster receive funding from Creative New Zealand, who have generously provided additional support for Extended Conversations. We would also like to thank the Wellington Community Trust and Dunedin City Council for their support of this initiative.

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