Thursday 21 September, 7-10pm
Young Space, 85-87 Southgate Road
Free, booking essential
Join us for an incendiary panel discussion about art, writing and art writing to celebrate the launch of a new writing prize, run by Prototype Publishing in partnership with frieze magazine. Details of how to enter will be announced on the night. There will be drinks!
Art – Writing – Art Writing: this panel will explore what happens when these three phenomena come together in scintillating constellations in the work of two writers who move fluidly between. Chloe Aridjis’ novels explore the dreamlike space in which visual art enters her protagonists’ imaginations even as they enter into the spaces of the museum, gallery, installation and performance, while Lucy Ives’ Life is Everywhere is a puzzle narrative about the puzzle of how we define ourselves if we are defined by what we read and absorb: where do we end when the page begins? A dazzling discussion to launch an important award that celebrates the vitality of hybrid writing.
The Prototype Prize is a new, bi-annual prize for published or unpublished writers and artists working at the intersections of different literary and artistic forms, run in partnership with frieze magazine. The prize awards £3,000 plus publication by Prototype to the best proposal for a book-length project which sits between disciplines by a writer or artist resident in the UK or Ireland. A second prize of £2,000 plus publication by Monitor Books will be awarded to the best proposal for a short-form work. The prize will run alongside a new Development Programme, offering extended support and career development to eight emerging writers and artists, in partnership with New Writing North.
Chloe Aridjis is the author of three novels: Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London's National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, awarded the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Chloe has written for various art journals and was guest curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool. She is a member of Writers Rebel, a group of writers who focus on addressing the climate emergency and biodiversity loss. Her most recent book is Dialogue with a Somnambulist: Stories, Essays and a Portrait Gallery. Every autumn she puts on a magic lantern show, "Stilled Shadows," at the Swedenborg Society.
Photo © Homero Aridjis
Lucy Ives is the author of three novels: Impossible Views of the World, Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World and, most recently, Life Is Everywhere, which was published in the UK by Peninsula Press. Ives's writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The Baffler, The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, frieze, Granta, Harper's, Lapham's Quarterly, n+1, and Vogue, amofng other publications. For five years she was an editor with the online magazine Triple Canopy. She is currently Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in Literary Arts at Brown University.