The Writing Table

Or Gallery
March 2018 – March 2019

Programmed by Weiyi Chang.

Featuring Lucien Durey, Merray Gerges, Sky Goodden, Nasrin Himada, Tiziana La Melia, Maryse Lariviere, and Alison Sinkewicz.
The Writing Table was a series of free talks and workshops held in the Or Gallery Bookstore. Dedicated to examining the ecologies between writing and visual art practice, the series invited established artists and writers to work as facilitators in a discussion and workshop aimed at cultivating new voices in arts writing, exploring alternative and creative forms of writing, and examining writing as a vehicle and as a process for thinking about and producing art. From art criticism, to curatorial writing, to writing as artistic practice, The Writing Table considers the ways in which cogent and critically engaged writing plays a fundamental role in furthering arts discourse, in fostering community, and in upholding or challenging inequalities and power dynamics within cultural discourses. The Writing Table is open to individuals from all backgrounds and experience levels, from recent graduates to writers working in other fields who are interested in the visual arts.
Funding Acknowledgement

Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council’s Early Career Development Grant.

Weiyi Chang (she/her) is an independent writer and curator. Currently the 2023-24 Writer-in-Residence at Gallery 44, Toronto, Weiyi’s work and research gravitates around the nexus between climate change and capitalism, and the legal, political, and social forces that sanction environmental violence.

Weiyi was a 2019–20 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. She holds a MA in Art History (Critical & Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Honours) Major in Art History and Major in Philosophy from Western University.

Weiyi’s work has been made possible thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Killy Foundation, and the Audain Foundation.

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