• Mish Gregor performance as part of REDRAFTED, 2014. Image Credit: Zan Wimberley
  • REDRAFTED, 2014. Image Credit: Zan Wimberley


As part of our Writing and Public Programs, Firstdraft presents Redrafted as we attempt to crack open the relationship between writing and art – where it is now, where it’s been and where it’s going.

Featuring the words and opinions of: Frances Barrett, Benjamin Forster, Prue Gibson, Nick Garner, Mish Gregor, Dee Jefferson, Astrid Lorange, Maria White and Watts & Gregory.

The day opened with a panel discussion on the state of art writing in contemporary media and artistic practice: the State of the Union. Featuring Prue Gibson (COFA), Nick Garner (Das Platforms) and Dee Jefferson (Time Out Sydney), the open conversation will seek to situate writing about art as it stands now – when it’s good, when it’s great, and when it’s just word salad.

We then cast our eyes back to the 20th Century, a heyday for literary excursions (or should that be incursions?) into visual art – the era of the manifesto. 7 artists and writers will present newly devised manifestos for a contemporary art world from 1pm.

Manifestos include: Frances Barrett, Benjamin Forster, Mish Gregor, Astrid Lorange, Maria White, and Watts & Gregory.

The afternoon closed with a roundtable discussion on potential futures for writing and art where key voices in Sydney’s art writing community and members of the audience contributed to this discussion.



Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund is a proud supporter of the Firstdraft Writers’ Program.

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