The Sony Award-winning broadcaster, writer and art historian Tim Marlow has been announced as the lead critic for this year’s #BeACritic campaign, run in collaboration between the Liverpool School of Art and Design and local arts and culture website, The Double Negative.
Part of a two-year Arts Council England funded project, Artists’ City, 15 carefully selected aspiring critics from across the North-West will take part in a private masterclass with Tim and attend a public lecture at Tate Liverpool on Saturday 16 May 2015. Participants will be paid £100 to write their own critiques, reviews and features throughout 2015 for The Double Negative, receiving editorial feedback and support along the way.
Commenting on the launch of #BeACritic, Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design, said:
“The #BeACritic campaign provides another exciting opportunity for up-and-coming art critics to learn from a leading professional with an outstanding reputation.
“Last year’s event was extremely successful and aspiring critics developed skills, such as reflection, perspicacity, and impact. The Round Two event will benefit further ambitious art critics and should directly influence the Liverpool contemporary art scene.”
Marlow became The Royal Academy’s first director of artistic programmes in 2014 and has over 20 years’ experience presenting programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Five. He is the founder of Tate: The Art Magazine and former director of exhibitions at White Cube, has written extensively for newspapers and magazines on arts and culture, including the Times, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Arena, Art Monthly and Blueprint. As an author he has written monographs of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele.
Aspiring critics from the North West need to apply using the online application form no later than 9.00pm on Monday 13 April. The final 15 will be announced by 20 April 2015.