Methods and Forms of Writing in Relation to Artistic Practices - Summer Course

Methods and forms of writing in relation to artistic practices - summer course

This course is aimed for artists, dancers and choreographers who want to, but have not yet developed an independent writing practice.

The aim of the course is to problematise, investigate and experiment with the immanent relation between contemporary art – focusing on dance and performance – and different forms and methods of writing as it has been manifested from the 1960s and onwards. The main format of the course will be seminars and workshops in which the students will be introduced to different forms and methods of writing. They will be given time to experiment with these as well as give feedback on each other's texts in smaller and larger groups. Focus will be on the essay-form, score-writing, auto-fiction and different forms of choreographic writing. We will read and discuss texts by thinkers, writers and artists such as Theodor Adorno, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Hannah Black, Maggie Nelson, Fred Moten and many more. 

Teacher: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris See Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris BIO under the headline "Read more" further down on this page.

Course director: Martin Sonderkamp (Stockholm University of the arts, SKH)


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    Course is held between 15-18 June and 26-27 August 2020. Self-study (reading and writing) during the course.

    Seminars in Stockholm

    15/6, 16/6, 17/6, 18./6  and 26/8, 27/8.

    Course leader: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris

    Course director: Martin Sonderkamp (SKH).

    Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris is an Australian born, Swedish based curator and artist. Research interests are focused upon processes of ecology in contemporary art, water as social metaphor and feminist methodologies. Working with practical learning platforms, artistic research, publications and exhibitions, she works internationally as a curator and lecturer.

    Currently, she works in as Project Leader of Researcher Collaborations at Accelerator – the newly opened konsthall at Stockholm University and was previously Curator at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Arts Foundation. Bronwyn is a current PhD student at University of New South Wales investigating Nordic artistic approaches to the climate crisis and ecology. She is also on the Editorial Board for international arts journal, Oberon.

    Recent curatorial work includes A Golden Age: Pulse, Throb, Drift at Centro Centro in Madrid, Djup Tid at Sormlands Museum, Within Deep Time at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, solo exhibition of Roxy Farhat: WUH-SHHHP and group exhibition And Tomorrow And at Index, Stockholm featuring works by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, The Otolith Group and Fabrizio Terranova’s documentary Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival. In 2018 she initiated and organised a seminar on learning practices in contemporary art, called The Urge, The Echo: Reverberations of Learning Practices, held in Stockholm featuring the works and voices of artists Ursula Biemann, Katja Aglert and Aurélien Froment.

    Bronwyn is 2nd year PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales in Art and Design (2019-2022). Bronwyn achieved a Masters and Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Curatorial Studies from the University of New South Wales (2003-2010), and has undertaken artistic research placements (CuratorLab 2013/14 and Mejan Resident 2014/16) at both major art schools in Stockholm – Royal Institute of Art and Konstfack University College of Art and Design. She also lectures and teaches within universities, for example art writing and theory at DOCH, University of the Arts and ecology, activism and art at Södertörn University.


  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle, with exemption for Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6, and

    Specific entry requirements

    • 60 credits in dance or the performing arts or corresponding professional experience in those subjects and
    • professional experience in the field of dance or the performing arts on an artistically advanced level

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    - A strong interest in contemporary art and dance.

    - An interest in reading philosophical and experimental texts.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:
    1. Register by putting in your name and e-mail address.
    2. Input your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Documents to upload:

    • A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you)
      Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card.

      If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. But don't forget to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    • Documentation that show that you meet the general entry requirement for studies at the first cycle in Sweden, with exemption for Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6.
      You should upload your grades from Upper secondary school/High school. If you come from a country that gives both a diploma/certificate and a list of courses, please upload both.

      You also need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent), English 5 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school. You should upload your grades from upper secondary school/high school, or the equivalent from adult education at upper secondary level.

      You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test (TOEFEL, IELTS Michigan English Language Assessment Battery or University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations).
    • Application of recognition of prior learning/exemption from entry requirements (if applicable for you)
      If you do not fulfil the formal entry requirements, you may apply for recognition of prior learning. You will be asked to explain why you consider that you have the skills equivalent to the general and/or the specific entry requirements.
    • Documentation showing that you meet the specific requirement of 60 credits in dance or the performing arts or corresponding professional experience in those subjects.
      Upload transcript of records, course certificates, or documents that show the extent of your professional experience of artistic activities.
    • Documentation showing that you meet the specific requirement of professional experience in the field of dance or the performing arts on an artistically advanced level.
      For example, you can upload copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publications, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, presenters and/or directors etc, as a complement to your CV. The documents must be marked with your name and day of birth.
    • You CV
    • A presentation of an artistic idea/project that you would like to work with within this course.




    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    Admission to the course is based on an overall assessment of the submitted application documents. A presentation of an artistic idea that could be the starting point for the writing project during the course is to be included in the application. During the assessment process, previous education and knowledge, professional experience and other experiences that could be of value to the course will be considered. Special consideration is given to artistic experience/activity with a focus on and/or related to the course content.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 47 200 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.