Emerging Art Writers Program 2

The Emerging Art Writers Program (EAWP) is an art writing program organized through the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) and facilitated by Dr. Mark Clintberg. EAWP is a non-credit series of writing workshops, led by Clintberg and guest mentors. The program is open to current AUArts students with up to 9 being accepted into the program annually. Upon completion of the program, each of the participants produce a final piece of writing to be published in a printed catalogue.

Emerging Art Writers Program 2

The Emerging Art Writers Program will take place via MSTeams between February and May 2021. The program launches on January 13 with a seminar by Dr. Mark Clintberg titled, Write Through This: Writing for Contemporary Art Markets. The seminar will cover topics such as freelance art writing, contracts, communicating with editors, copyediting, financial management and more. This seminar is open to AUArts students as well as the general public, however applications to the program are limited to AUArts students in any year or area of study. More information about applying to the program will be provided during this event or can be found below.

Learn more about EAWP 1 here

EAWP will be split into two streams this year:

Art Criticism with Amy Fung
Curatorial with Shauna Thompson
Important Dates


January 22, 4pm – Deadline to apply (scroll down for more info on how to apply)

January 27 – Successful applicants notified

February 3, 2pm – First session

February 24, 2pm – Second session (Art Criticism)

March 3, 2pm – Second session (Curatorial)

March 31, 2pm – Third session

April 28, 10am-1pm – Final session


Mark Clintberg, photo credit John Gaucher

Dr. Mark Clintberg is an Associate Professor at AUArts where he teaches art history and research methodologies. Journals and periodicals that have published his writing include: The Senses & Society, C Magazine, ETC., BlackFlash, Canadian Art, The Art Newspaper, Border Crossings, the Fillip Review, Photofile, Arte al Dia International, and Art.es Magazine.

Guest Mentors

Amy Fung
Art Criticism with Amy Fung, freelance art critic

Participants in the Art Criticism stream will learn to review and write critically about exhibitions, artworks and other contemporary visual culture.

Amy Fung is a writer, facilitator, and organizer working across intersections of histories and identities. She has taught critical art writing workshops across Canada and have served as an arts writing mentor for various organizations from the Uganda Arts Trust to CARFAC Saskatchewan. Her writings have been commissioned and published by galleries, festivals, museums, and publications nationally and internationally. Her first book, Before I was a Critic, I was a Human Being addresses Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism and settler colonialism through the lens of a national art critic (Artspeak and Book*hug 2019). 

Shauna Thompson
Curatorial with Shauna Thompson, Curator, Esker Foundation

Participants in the Curatorial stream will learn about writing curatorial pieces for a gallery, including didactics, press releases, exhibition essays and other writing assignments.

Shauna Thompson is currently Curator at Esker Foundation, Calgary. She has supported solo projects and exhibitions with many artists including Katie Ohe, Nep Sidhu, Kablusiak, Vanessa Brown, Anna Torma, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jason de Haan, Anton Vidokle, Sans façon, Charlotte Moth, and Celia Perrin Sidarous, among many others. She was co-curator of the major touring group exhibition, Earthlings (2017-18), which featured solo and collaborative works of Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok, and Leo Napayok. In 2020, she was part of the team that launched Esker Foundation’s Permanent Collection, an online publishing initiative intended to generate points of resonance among artworks, exhibitions, and interdisciplinary texts. 

Prior to joining Esker Foundation, Thompson was the Curatorial Assistant at the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. She has also worked with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, both in Toronto, as well as the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Thompson holds master’s degrees in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto and in English from the University of Guelph.  

To Apply for the Emerging Art Writers Program 2

Please submit:

  • letter of interest
  • 1 brief writing sample
  • stream you are interested in: editorial or art criticism (if interested in both, please indicate your preference)
  • confirm availability and commitment to program. All sessions are mandatory.

Email application and any questions to ikg@auarts.ca
Deadline: January 22, 2021 at 4pm


Those accepted into the program will be paid professional writing fees of .50/word for a final piece up to 1000 words. Participants will also be paid a small honorarium for attending all sessions and reviewing their peers work.