Sally O’Reilly at BSAD



The wonderful Ms O’Reilly will be with us on the Tuesday 28th March:

Workshop: ‘Doing Writing’

Short, sharp shocks of translation, perturbation and manipulation will be performed through a series of exercises involving text, voice, objects and images. By contingent means we will examine fundamental aspects of writing, including rhetoric, genre, recontextualisation and interconnectivity. Please bring pen/pencil and paper, laptop or your writing equipment of choice.

Artist’s Talk: ‘Gripping Stuff’

Sally O’Reilly writes for performance, page and video, interleaving academic research and technical knowledges with the comic, the fantastical and the psycho-social. In ‘Gripping Stuff’ she will introduce some of her recent projects – including a performance in an open-air swimming pool, an opera about the potency of objects, a shoe that gossips about artworks and a satirical novel about oil, sensualism and academia – and discuss the importance, or otherwise, of ambiguity, social forms and discourse theories to the political traction of contemporary art.


Sally O’Reilly has contributed to several international art magazines and numerous exhibition catalogues; she has written the novel Crude (Eros Press, 2016), the libretto for the opera The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015), a monograph on Mark Wallinger (Tate Publishing, 2015) and The Body in Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson, 2009).

She was writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2010–11) and at Modern Art Oxford (2016); producer and co-writer of The Last of the Red Wine, a radio sitcom set in the art world (ICA, London, 2011), and co-editor of Implicasphere (2003–8), an interdisciplinary broadsheet.


Author: bsadceramics

Course leader, MA Ceramics Bath School of Art & Design

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