The HS craft-writers’ programme

Following the success of its jewellery-mentoring platform, HANDSHAKE Project is launching a pilot craft writers’ programme, running from January 2020 to December 2021. The online programme will nurture the writing skills of craft and art professionals with a view to channelling their knowledge of craft practices and history into critical and historical writing.

The programme is coordinated by mentor Benjamin Lignel with guest reviewers Namita Gupta Wiggers (Director and Co-Founder Critical Craft Forum; Director, Master of Arts in Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College) and Felicity Milburn (curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū).

At the end of the programme, participants will have built an awareness of historical and contemporary curatorial craft practices; developed their research, observation and critical writing skills; and honed their ability to write in multiple formats.

The programme will combine collective reading sessions, writing briefs and debriefs with online classes and one-on-one tutorials.

This project means to address the need for more reviewers in a growing and vibrant contemporary craft field that welcomes, annually, fresh talents graduating from New Zealand’s visual art-and-design programmes. Today, it seems necessary to nurture the skills of commentators in order to unpack craft practices for the public and express its cultural currency.

Application deadline Friday 22 November 2019

Results 16 December 2019

Selection panel: Ben Lignel, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Felicity Milburn, Peter Deckers.

Capacity: 2 participants

This writers’ programme is only available for New Zealand citizens and New Zealand permanent residents.


Application details, click here

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Application and Programme in PDF



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