The Art of Art Writing

12 - 16 Nov 2023

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall


12 - 16 Nov 2023

Register Date

17 Sep 2023 - 21 Oct 2023


Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall

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Find your voice, hone your style, and perfect your craft

6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Language: English

Misk Art Institute presents a one-of-a-kind, five-day masterclass led by cultural commentator Myrna Ayad. Ideal for those interested in understanding the importance of art writing within the art world and enhancing one’s knowledge about style, impact, language, and tone.

This masterclass will allow participants to develop skills and understand varied forms of art writing, their dynamics, and functions. Through select assignments, a curator-led tour of an exhibition, an interview with an artist and in-session group discussions over a period of five days, participants will gain insights and be supported in cultivating a deeper grasp on the art of art writing.  


  • Developing style, language, Impact, and tone

  • Knowing the different styles and approaches to art writing

  • Knowledge how to interview, review, and critique

  • Understanding of different media –(ArtForum, The Art Newspaper, eFlux, etc.)

The masterclass will raise two though provoking questions:

  • Does an exhibition review a critique?

  • Does an artist deserve a profile?

Who’s it for?

  • Writers and aspiring writers, arts practitioners, and gallerists.

Applicants must also be fully committed to prioritizing this five-day masterclass, with no exceptions.

Useful Information

Day One: 
- Introductions
- Introduction to the art of writing and telling a story 
- Why writing about art is important
- Overview of the art world and its players and dynamics 
- Task 1: Pick a topic, person/genre/movement in the art world that is of interest to submit on day two.

Day Two:
- Task 1 Review: the art of the pitch and responses on topic of choice. Participants will need to make an argument for their chosen topics and suggest on how to defend it.
- Summary of who we write for (audience, media titles, and tones)
- Summary on types of art writing: exhibition reviews, artist/collector profiles, and press releases

Day Three:
- Summary on types of art writing: artist biographies, exhibition wall text, features, Q+A interviews 
- How art makes us feel (with examples)
- The importance of language and vocabulary 
- Task 2: pick an artwork from any exhibition at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall and write 100 words on it for submission on day four

Day Four:
- Review Task 2 submissions 
- Brief on exhibition at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall
- Curator-led tour of exhibition and session discussion on the show (live task: jot down questions to pose to curator during tour)
- 30 minute interview with the curator 
- Task 3: write a 150-word review of the exhibition for submission on day five 

Day Five: 
- Review Task 3 submissions  
- Meet the artist either via studio visit or in-class interview 
- Recommendations for Saudi/Arab art media scene