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Critiquing the Crit: A workshop with Sophie Barr

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 13:00 – 16:00
The Field 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Rail/Overground: New Cross Gate, Queens Road Peckham MAP
Entry £5, due to limited capacity booking is essential

This three-hour workshop is designed to help you to get the most out of your group critique by taking ownership of your feedback. During the workshop you will consider the most important aspects of giving and receiving feedback/criticism and you will have the opportunity to design and test your own crit model for future use.

Josef Albers Preliminary class group critique. Bauhaus Dessau, 1928-29. Photo by Otto Umbehr.
Josef Albers Preliminary class group critique. Bauhaus Dessau, 1928-29. Photo by Otto Umbehr.

The aim of the workshop is to get us to think critically about how we give and receive feedback as well as creating a culture where it’s okay to try things out. What is a crit for? How do you feel when you receive feedback? We will start by sharing our experiences of giving and receiving feedback in the past. How comfortable have you felt sharing your thoughts with your peer group? How have your peers reacted to your comments? What do you think the role of the peer is in the crit? With these ideas in mind, we will devise our own crit models and test them in groups of 4-5 people. Please bring along a work in progress to participate in these micro-crits. We will wrap up by sharing our feedback and proposals for how we would like to conduct our crits in the future.

Sophie Barr is an artist and Lecturer in Cultural and Contextual Studies with a growing interest in alternative modes of art education. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London and makes art in Wood Green, north London. You can find out more about Sophie and see some of her latest projects in her blog Intellectual Simulation.


This list provides a comprehensive bibliography for the Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice lecture and seminar series. You can use it as a further reading list or to locate references that are not in the handouts. Please click the headings for a drop-down list. Continue reading [CRITICALSTUDIES] BIBLIOGRAPHY


Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.
Ward Shelley [2008] Who Invented the Avant Garde, ver. 2. Oil and toner on mylar, 28.5 x 62.5 inches.

Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice


Tutor: Sophia Kosmaoglou / Bibliography / Resources / Schedule

This intensive course provides an encompassing introduction to key theoretical discourses that inform the production and interpretation of contemporary art.

Over the last two decades, the study of Art History in art education has been superseded by Critical Studies, while art theorists and critics bring political, social and cultural theories to bear on the interpretation of art. The course bridges this transition and maps the field, enabling you to locate your own research interests.

You will be supported in developing and articulating your own ideas on the production and exhibition of art. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits, we will familiarise you with key concepts and historical transformations underpinning contemporary art production and reception. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. We will look at the impact of key philosophical, cultural and political discourses on art practice, and examine different theoretical perspectives and critical debates. You will be assisted in contextualising your practice by identifying relevant thematics and practices. You will be supported with extensive feedback in tutorials and writing workshops. You will also develop your skills in writing artist’s statements, critical reviews and/or exhibition proposals.

Course Outcomes
You will be able to develop, articulate and contextualise your practice. You will be able to identify influences and important references that are relevant to your practice and research. You will develop your writing and research skills and formulate research questions to guide your practice and research. You will be able to critically evaluate your own work, as well as that of others. You’ll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art in terms of its production and exhibition.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed to provide art graduates, artists, curators, writers and researchers with an intensive and concentrated space to develop their practice and research in a critical and creative framework. It provides a supportive environment to articulate and exchange ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. The course may suit those wishing to apply for a postgraduate degree in art or to pursue a career in the arts.

Upcoming course dates
7 — 11 August 2017, Monday to Friday 10am—4pm for 5 days

Booking via the UAL website: Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
Contact the Short Course Team:

Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
+44 (0) 20 7514 6311