Learnings from the International Association for Art Critics’ inaugural Academy

The International Association for Art Critics (AICA) held its first Academy in Poland this year, seeking to engage younger art critics.
AICA members at the post-congress tour to BWA Tarnów. Photo: Lucy Hawthorne. A small crowd of people standing in front of artworks on a grey wall in an industrial looking space.

An initiative of the International Association for Art Critics (AICA), the inaugural AICA Academy was held this year in conjunction with the Association’s annual congress in Krakow, Poland and themed ‘Contested infrastructures: Art Criticism and the Institutionalisation of Art’. The Academy sought to engage younger art critics in the face of a reduction in art criticism training opportunities across the globe – a trend also observed locally.

Since the University of Tasmania axed the discipline of Art and Design Theory at the end of 2017, there has been no tertiary art writing education offered in the state, despite Tasmania’s image as an island of art and design.

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Lucy Hawthorne is an arts writer, artist and researcher based in nipaluna / Hobart. She holds a PhD in art theory, 'The Museum as Art: site-specific art in Australia's public museums' (2013), from the University of Tasmania (UTAS). She works as a project archivist at UTAS and teaches Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, having previously taught art theory at UTAS (2008-14), and worked in the library at Mona (2011-2023). Hawthorne writes for publications such as Artist Profile, Realtime, Artlink, The Conversation, and Art Monthly Australasia.