Reading Events

Reading Events


Since Group Critical Writing launched in 2014 as part of Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland, there have been a number of public reading events. In addition, with the support of Cooper Gallery DJCAD and editor Maria Fusco, participants of Group Critical Writing Residency have launched Writing Groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For more information about the writing groups please email

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7 October 2015

Jane Rendell
Site-Writing: transitional spaces – textual and subjective – in montage constructions

In October Cooper Gallery was delighted to welcome writer and academic Jane Rendell to present a talk as part of the ongoing Group Critical Writing programme.

Consisting of readings, commentaries and conceptualisations, in this presentation Rendell explored the transitional spaces in her site-writing practice, particularly those which, drawing on spatial montage constructions, configure and reconfigure relations between voices, words and images. Rendell is an academic and writer with a training in architectural design and history, whose work crosses architecture, art, feminism, history and psychoanalysis. She has developed concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ (2002/6) and ‘site-writing’ (2007/10) through such authored books as Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Her new book concerning transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis will be published by IB Tauris in December 2015. Rendell is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett, UCL.

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15 – 31 July 2015

Frances Davis is Art Writer in Residence for CURRENT |不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland in Shanghai












Frances Davis
is the Art Writer in Residence, reflecting and annotating upon CURRENT |不合时宜 in Shanghai. Find out more about the CURRENT project on the Cooper Gallery’s International Projects page

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Thursday 19 February 2015

Men Gather, in Speech… Reading Event
Cooper Gallery

Prompted by the exhibition Men Gather, in Speech…, seven Scotland-based art writers came together to present public readings responding to, reflecting on and annotating the ideas and concerns discussed in the works featured in the exhibition. This will extend the dialogue set in motion by the exhibition that explores the mode of address that underpins Western philosophy and importantly politics.

The exhibition draws upon Hannah Arendt’s often quoted phrase “men gather in speech…” which lucidly defines the human necessity of dialogue and its role as the quintessential medium of the political to re-enact and doubt the troubled relationships between “power and the space of appearance” in our present age. Touching upon the theatrical, the fictional and the digital, the exhibition offers a complex mediation upon speech, dialogue and the slow silencing of the political space that had once appeared between us.​​

The art writers presenting readings at the event were Frances Davis, Alex Hetherington, Helen Kellock, Valerie Norris, Penelope Matheson, Silas Parry and Gareth Vile.

Filming & Editing: Caitlin Delves 2015

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Saturday 29 November 2014

Roundtable Discussion /// The Process of Content: on a temporality in contemporary art
with readings from art writers in Scotland
Cooper Gallery

Drawn from the proposition that the work of Anna Oppermann acts as ‘a practice of thinking’, the roundtable discussion was a stimulating gathering of thoughts that elaborated and amplified the histories, politics and social reverberations of art practices in the 1970s and 80s, and the influence and impact they have on our thinking about art and culture today. ​The event included invited speakers Guy Brett (Curator and Critic, London), Lynda Morris (Curator and Art Historian, Norwich), Tobi Maier (Curator and Writer, São Paulo), Prof. Martin Warnke & Carmen Wedemeyer (Researchers, Leuphana University Lüneburg) and was chaired by Dr. Lisa Otty (Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh). For more information please see here.

Accompanying the Roundtable Discussion was a series of readings from art writers in Scotland: Frances Davis, Kirsty Hendry, Alex Hetherington, Catherine Street & JL Williams, and Richard Taylor.

Cooper Gallery Notes is publishing the texts:

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Saturday 23 August 2014

Master’s Festival: Here, Right Now: art writing readings
Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court

Kirsty Hendry & Jake Watts








Kirsty Hendry reads with Jake Watts

A cycle of readings by Edinburgh-based artists and writers presenting new work, accumulating distinct singularised voices into a prescient document of what it is to be contemporary in art in Scotland today. The event wasintroduced by Maria Fusco, Chancellor’s Fellow – Reader in Edinburgh College of Art.

Readings by James Bell, Kirsty Hendry & Jake Watts, Daisy Lafarge and Collette Rayner, Gerry Smith & Mirja Koponen, Catherine Street & JL Williams and Richard Taylor.

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Friday 25 July 2014

12-Hour Jamming Symposium
Cooper Gallery, DJCAD

12-Hour Jamming Symposium is a vital platform for discursive interrogations and speculations on the phenomena of collaboration and the ideas, art works and writings constituting Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland at Cooper Gallery.

Staged in the Studio Jamming Hub at Cooper Gallery on Friday 25 July, the Jamming Symposium constructed a collaborative public ‘site’  to present the propositions, positions, exchanges and Declarations illuminating an expanded notion of collaboration. The symposium opened up a wider critical debate tackling and problematising the various contexts in which collaboration is situated.

Centred on Declarations from Artists’ Collaborative Groups from across Scotland the Jamming Symposium featured readings by writers participating in the Studio Jamming Group Critical Writing Residency and keynote talks by international and national leading thinkers whose practices invest collaboration with depth and rigour.

Keynote speakers include Stine Hebert, Maria Lind, Francis McKee and Markus Miessen.  David Harding introduced the Declarations from Artists’ Collaborative Groups, the Group Critical Writing Residency readings was led by Maria Fusco and Dr. Dominic Paterson chaired the panel discussion.