Meet Us Halfway

Public events on art writing and publishing

Sky Goodden [photo by Gemma Warren]
Sky Goodden [photo by Gemma Warren]

Meet Us Halfway, an incubator conference on writing and publishing about the arts, will feature public speakers and panels at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre  (CLLC) from June 30–July 2.

Events open June 30 at 5 pm with a talk by keynote speaker, Toronto-based art critic and publisher Sky Goodden. An accessible and eloquent advocate for writing about the arts, Goodden is the founding publisher and editor of Momus, an international art publication, podcast and mentorship platform for art writing and criticism. Goodden co-produces and co-hosts (with Lauren Wetmore) Momus: The Podcast, named one of The New York Times’ top-ten art podcasts in 2020. Presented in partnership with Bookmark, who will host a reception and book signing following the event.

Further conference events will help to identify community strengths and needs in the context of planning an arts & culture criticism journal in digital and print formats (anticipated to launch in 2024). Stakeholder feedback gathered at the conference will inform the next steps for the publication, including organizational models that will best enable the inclusion of diverse community members, such as art-writing mentorships for newcomers and members of BIPOC communities. 

A walking tour of public art in Charlottetown will be followed by an experimental art writing workshop facilitated by Amish Morrell on July 2 from 10 am–12 noon. Morrell is the former editor of C Magazine, one of Canada’s top contemporary arts publications. Pre-register by email to ipemuhconf23@gmail.com and meet at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

An expert panel discussion on July 2 from 1:30–3:30 pm at the CLLC will be moderated by artist, curator and educator Kirstie MacCallum. Panelists include Wolastoqwiw curator and artist Emma Hassencahl-Perley, PEI author and 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize finalist Trevor Corkum, and PEI author and editor of Íjè: An Immigrant’s Voyage into Prince Edward Island Life, Elizabeth Iwunwa. This event is presented in partnership with the CLLC.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, email ipemuhconf23@gmail.com.