Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery, are delighted to announce Meadhbh McNutt as the winner of the DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2020. McNutt’s winning essay, focusing on the critical discourse surrounding online exhibitions, will be published in the November/December 2020 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. She will contribute to subsequent issues of VAN, as well as The LAB Gallery’s 2021 programme, and will receive a €1,000 honorarium.
Meadhbh McNutt is an Irish art writer whose work traverses criticism, creative writing and critical theory. She holds an MA in Aesthetics & Art Theory from Kingston University, London, and has previously contributed to a range of Irish and international art publications, such as Tank Magazine, Circa, The Visual Artists’ News Sheet and Thinking Catherine Malabou (Rowman & Littlefield). McNutt recently facilitated a three-part writing workshop at CCA Derry~Londonderry, entitled ‘Should Artists Write?’ She has previously worked as copywriter and editor for numerous organisations including GARAGE Magazine (Vice) and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
The panel of judges this year comprised: Sheena Barrett (Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council and Curator, The LAB), Joanne Laws (VAN Features Editor), Chris Steenson (VAN Production Editor) and Chris Clarke (Critic and Senior Curator at The Glucksman).
The previous DCC/VAI Art Writing Award winners are: James Merrigan ‘The New Collectivism’ (2011); Joanne Laws ‘Commemoration – A Forward-Looking Act’ (2013); Rebecca O’Dwyer ‘Attentive Festivalisation’ (2015); Sue Rainsford ‘Serpents and Clay’ (2017); Lily Cahill ‘Rock the Casbah’ (2019).