Extended Conversations is a 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 to November 2018.

Exploring art writing as a critical activity, Extended Conversations is centred around two intensive workshops and the development of two long-form texts by each participant in separate halves of the year. 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, exploring art writing as a critical activity across different forms, genres and orientations.

Intensive 1 — Criticism and Care

The programme begins with a group intensive from 6–8 April 2018, held in the outskirts of Ōtepoti Dunedin at Wairoa Camp, Silverstream Valley. This intensive will explore the idea of reciprocity in critical exchange from a variety of perspectives, considering the dynamics between criticism and care as a way of welcoming writers into the programme and collaboratively mapping out peer feedback structures.

The sessions during the intensive are presented by writers and curators Jon Bywater, Robyn Maree Pickens and Matariki Williams, and educator Pip Laufiso.


  • Extended Conversations Intensive 1: Criticism and Care
  • Images courtesy of Enjoy Public Art Gallery and Blue Oyster Art Project Space