UWE students writing success

Issue date: 28 January 2005

Issue date: 28/01/05

Jessica Brand and Sarah Tulloch are two students from the University of the West of England who have successfully reached the second stage of a national open writing competition. The competition entitled ‘Seminal 01’ was organised by Static Gallery and Wildatart as part of the celebrations for the 2004 Liverpool Biennial. UWE is the only university to have two students selected. Ten students have now submitted specially commissioned pieces of writing that focus on different aspects of the Liverpool Biennial.

Jessica Brand, who is studying Art and Visual Culture at UWE’s Bristol School of Art, Media and Design (BSAMD), says that she was inspired after attending a conference at Spike Island in Bristol. Jessica said, “I was drawn to posters advertising it. I had never entered a writing competition before but it appealed to me that you could write about pretty much anything.”

As competition finalists Jessica and Sarah were invited to the Liverpool Biennial exhibition where they enjoyed meeting Dave Beech, an art writer.

Jessica’s writing entitled ‘Easy Reading’ focussed on Liverpool’s nostalgia and criticised the predominance of a work entitled ‘My mummy was beautiful’ by Yoko Ono. “Previous Biennials had brought something else to the City: new works, new associations, so was it necessary to take Liverpool back so far into its past glories?” The writing concludes, “I can imagine the mission statement – we want nice stuff that will bring in the tourists and provide the city with a huge economic boost. Any whiff of controversy is quickly averted …. For me there was a notable absence of the dark side.”

Sarah Tulloch is also studying Art and Visual Culture at BSAMD said, “My course has an element of writing as we are encouraged to investigate the cultural theory of our own practical work. This competition gave me the chance to take this a step further. I submitted a piece of writing on a video art work by Rosalind Nashibishi. I was really pleased when my work was selected. Sarah’s biennial piece concentrated on the method of curation used for the event.

The resulting compositions from the ten finalists will be included in an on-line published collection of writing and at an exhibition at Static Gallery in Liverpool.


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