About Remark - art writing for the East Midlands

ArtReview launches Remark, a new platform for art criticism in the East Midlands, in partnership with BACKLIT

As lockdown in the UK starts to ease, art galleries can finally reopen their doors, and artist are able to show again. To support this, ArtReview and Nottingham’s BACKLIT are pleased to annouce the launch of Remark, a project to commission new writing on art in the East Midands.

In 2019, ArtReview, BACKLIT and its writers-in-residence Nottspoke, got together to discuss ways to support coverage of visual art in the East Midlands. While much visual art writing focuses on what’s going on in the big art centres, less gets written about the vibrant art scenes elsewhere in the UK. The East Midlands boasts a rich mix of public venues, commercial galleries, artist-run and non-profit spaces.

Originally set to launch in May 2020, but postponed due to COVID-19, Remark was developed to focus to on the range of activity in the region while offering opportunities for young and emerging art writers to develop and publish their work.

Now, after a year of lockdown, it’s even more important to support artists and art venues. Launching 21 May, Remark will publish a forntnightly newsletter of reviews and previews of exhibitions and events happening across the East Midlands, written by both emerging and established writers.

Running concurrently, with Nottspoke and academic partners Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham, Remark is working with emerging writers in a programme of workshops, mentoring and direct editorial work, to develop their writing for’s national and international readership.

The Remark newsletter is published fortnightly. Sign up to get the next issue here

Remark was made possible with support from Arts Council England, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University

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