Art Crits : 20 Questions – A Pocket Guide

Art Crits: 20 Questions – A Pocket Guide.

The crit is a model of learning whereby artists present their work to a group in order to gain feedback on how that work is being ‘read’ and ways that they might develop it further. They are a part of almost every art course at further and higher level education throughout the UK.

Through interviews with fine art staff and industry professionals, Art Crits: 20 Questions takes a closer look at the model. The contributors give their views on the purpose of the crit and talk about different models that they use. They also talk about the many barriers that participants can face to taking part and give examples of how they try to facilitate more confident participation. The staff also reflect on what their own crits were like, providing a fascinating insight to how things have changed. 

Organised around key themes, this book acts as a pocket guide to prompt questions, discussion, inspiration, invention and above all confidence amongst participants and facilitators alike when approaching this model.

Contributors: Alison Coward (Bracket); Alison James (London College of Fashion); Alison Jones (Goldsmiths College); Alistair Payne (Glasgow School of Art); Angela Bartram (University of Lincoln); Ann Hulland (Kingston University); Arthur Watson (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design); Bernadette Blair (Kingston University); David Moore (Edinburgh College of Art); Garry Barker (Leeds College of Art); Graham Crowley (Royal College of Art); Jim Birrell (Glasgow School of Art); Jim Hamlyn (Gray’s School of Art); Joanne Lee (Nottingham Trent University); Juan Cruz (Liverpool John Moores University); Katie Streten (Imagination); Kelly Chorpening (Camberwell College of Arts); Laura North, (Speaking Out); Linda Lencovic (University of the Arts London); Mark Dean (Goldsmiths College); Miraj Ahmed (Architectural Association & Cambridge University); Nathan Chenery (York St John University); Dr Peter Day (University of Wolverhampton); Richard Bell (University of Leeds); Rita Keegan (Artist); Robert Armstrong (National College of Art and Design Dublin); Roddy Hunter (York St John University); Seán Cummins (Nottingham Trent University); Sean Kaye, Foundation Course Leader (Leeds College of Art); Stuart MacKenzie (Glasgow School of Art)

Made with support from the Higher Education Academy.

ISBN: 978-0-9564355-2-1

Reader feedback and case studies

This book is fantastic! So easy to read and digest.  It has been a big help in preparing for recent portfolio reviews and taking on board many diverse opinions.”  Early career artist

“I enjoyed this and the accompanying video very much. Congratulations on the whole project. Colleagues here who have viewed it are equally impressed, and i am sure that some of the points raised will filter into our crit behaviour.” BA Fine Art Lecturer

As a high school visual arts teacher, I use the videos and website resources that Q-Art provides for a variety of reasons.  My students get to see and hear from course leaders and art students that are working at the university level right now.  Rather than tell them why we are doing a crit, my students get to explore through contemporary interviews the myriad of reasons why they are so beneficial to the artists process.  The transcripts available for each film have also been an invaluable tool for my English Language Learners who can use the pdf’s to help with translation and review for understanding.” Stacey Ward Kelly, Head of Department, Visual and Digital Arts, Livermore Valley Charter Prep High School, Livermore, California

“This a must read for any student starting off in Art College. In fact it’s accessible for anyone who wants to understand the need for critiques, their various forms and the benefits of being able to articulate about your own practice and the work of other artists. It also highlights the knowledge to be gained from the whole process. Most importantly the many esteemed contributors confirm the value and importance of being able to speak about art in plain english. A big thanks to Q-Art for putting together this insightful little book!”  Early career artist

The e-book has been really fantastic. Plenty of first-hand accounts from people who are actually involved in crits and teach them. Thank you so much for putting this together. I can tell you that as a student, it’s very refreshing to be citing practicing artists and art teachers rather than philosophers or academics! A great book which I will be recommending to my module convenor. It is great material.
BA History of Art Student, University of Kent

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