The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art will be hosting a Workshop Series on art criticism, that will provide participants with critical skills for looking at and critiquing art.

The workshop will include four sessions that will take place between May -November, 2019. Participants will go through the workshop as a cohort of peers of up to eight artists, who will actively participate in the critique of their peers work and make their own work available for critique.

This workshop is ideal for artists who are interested in engaging in critical discussions about art and who open to making their work available to a critique process.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended to ensure your space.

Register for the May 4th session HERE.


What is art criticism?

Art criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art based on its aesthetics. It asks the viewer to consider the work that they are looking at critically, and question what the artist is trying to say, the art historical context in which the work exists and ultimately, how successful it is as a work of art.

Why is it important to learn how to critique artwork?

Art criticism provides a framework through which to articulate, judge and explore meaning of works of art that we experience.

The process of art criticism is valuable not only in learning how to look at other’s work, but also provides important lense through which to understand one’s own artistic practice. It is also the framework in which many galleries, including contemporary art galleries) will evaluate work.

When and where will the workshops take place?

The information session will be on March 2, 2019 from 12-2 pm at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

The critique workshops will take place on the following dates, from 12-2PM:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Saturday, July 6 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

All workshops will take place at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Do I have to participate for all four workshops?

Yes, the four workshops will progress with the same cohort of up to eight artists, with different artworks and ideas being discussed at each.

What is the cost to participate in the workshop series?

There is no cost to attend the information session, although we do ask you to register if you are planning to attend (see link below).

There is no set cost to participate in the series, but people will have the opportunity to make a donation at the time of registration. Registration for the workshops will open on March 2, after the Information Session.

How do I find out more information and register?

The first part of the Critique Series will be held on May 4 from 12-2pm. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the art critique process, we highly encourage you to join in!

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12-2 pm

Location: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (located inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts) at 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC.

Register for the May 4th Critique session HERE.