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Enterprise Hub: The Double Negative in Conversation

People say that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the Plague, but how easy is it to create, write and produce during a global pandemic?  

The Double Negative explores what led them to their own arts criticism & cultural online publication and how freelancers can flourish in unprecedented times. 

The publication brings together contemporary arts and culture, journalism, blogging, and knowledge on independent art spaces, holding up a mirror to the UK arts scene. They successfully support and publish over 500 contributors who have gone on to write for Vice, The Guardian, and The Art Review. 

Join Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson as they dissect what has made the Double Negative successful and examine why just because ‘it’s end of the world as we know it’ doesn’t mean it’s not a new beginning for something new and radical. 

At the end of the event there will be a chance to sign up with Enterprise Hub, a project that gets you free business advice at any stage of your career.

More about the speakers

Laura Robertson is a writer, critic and editor based in Liverpool. A reviewer of contemporary arts and culture for international magazines (including Frieze, Hyperallergic, Art Monthly, ArtReview, a-n), and broadcast (BBC Four Front Row), she is also co-founder and contributing editor at The Double Negative online magazine; an MA Writing student at the Royal College of Art; critical writer-in-residence at Open Eye Gallery; and a former director of The Royal Standard Gallery & Studios. She has edited and contributed writing to two new books in 2019: ‘Present Tense’, which comments on current tensions in the fields of art and culture; and ‘NOIT — 5: bodies as in buildings’, made on residency at Flat Time House, London.
thedoublenegative.co.uk 
TW: @doublenegativeL

Mike Pinnington is a writer, editor and consultant based in Liverpool. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of visual arts and cultural commentary publication The Double Negative. He co-edited and contributed to Present Tense (2019), a book of essays reflecting on the decade since Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Award. His writing has also appeared in The Art Newspaper, Art Quarterly, Art Review, Ocula and byNWR, amongst others. From 2013-18 he was Content Editor at Tate Liverpool where, working with the Exhibitions and Media & Audiences teams, he produced exhibition guides and catalogues, gallery interpretation, web content, and in-house publication, Compass. 

Writing on the Wall is a dynamic, Liverpool-based community organisation that coordinates projects and events that celebrate writing in all its forms. We work with a broad and inclusive definition of writing that embraces literature, creative writing, journalism and non-fiction, poetry, songwriting, and storytelling. Writing on the Wall works with local, national and international writers whose work provokes controversy and debate. We work with all of Liverpool’s communities to promote and celebrate individual and collective creativity.

Date: Weds 29th April, 1-2PM 
Tickets: Free, book place via Eventbrite here

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