WITTA Writing Resource

A resource by Lizzie Lloyd and Kit Poul­son; a point of depar­ture, a lit­tle some­thing to turn your writ­ing inside out and upside down.

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Lizzie Lloyd (writer) and Kit Poulson (artist and writer), both Senior Lecturers at UWE Bristol, have been working together to run a project called WITTA (Writing In / Through / To Art) which began as a way of exploring experimental approaches to writing in or as art. Lizzie and Kit began their WITTA work with the following questions: How do we write? How do other artists write? Why does it matter? How can we work together and with other people to support and develop it?

Through WITTA verse (an informal week-long creative residency/experiment) and various other WITTA events – open mic nights, performances and workshops – with participants and collaborators within and beyond the university, other questions have emerged; most pressingly: How do I get started with my writing? And how do I take it further?

In response, Lizzie and Kit have produced this resource that is aimed at helping you to develop your writing. Whether you are looking for a point of departure, a little something to turn your writing inside out and upside down or are curious to see what would happen if.... then this is the resource for you.

Look out for more WITTA related thinking with a pilot of three podcasts talking to artists about how they use writing in their work, starting with Bryony Gillard and Wood and Harrison.


Lizzie Lloyd is a Bristol-based art writer, researcher and mentor. She is a regular contributor to Art Monthly and has contributed to publications including Art Review, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Frieze, artnet and This is Tomorrow. Her writing has been commissioned by numerous galleries including Temple Bar Gallery and Studios for Venice Biennale (2022), Workplace Gallery, Field Art Projects, New Art Projects, Foreground, Hestercombe, Cubitt Residency Programme and Exeter Phoenix among many others. Her work has been exhibited/performed at Plymouth Art Weekender, No Format Gallery, Safehouse 1, and Phoenix Space Brighton. She has been writer-in-residence at Arnolfini, Art Writers Group: Plymouth, and at the CCA Brighton. Her collaboration with Katy Beinart, Acts of Transfer (2021), which reimagined documentary legacies of socially-engaged or participatory artwork, was awarded Arts Council funding and resulted in an exhibition, a publication and various talks and conference presentations. Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Art & Writing at UWE Bristol and is Co-Editor in Chief of JAWS Journal. www.lizzielloyd.co.uk

Kit Poulson often inaccurately describes himself as a painter; he works with a variety of media, alongside painting he has produced installations, made sound works and films and often collaborates (with musicians, dancers, filmmakers). He often works with others, or creates situations where multiple things occur in constellation. He has shown works and performances nationally and internationally and has published two books of experimental fiction (Ice Cream Empire and Mutter) with Book Works. Poulson has been Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Art & Writing at UWE Bristol since 2012. His research interests include speculative fictions and delusions, early modern meditation chambers and the writings and paintings of Malevich. At heart of them all is the slippery concept of the image and attempts to apprehend it. www.kitpoulson.com

This resource is part of a series of writing workshops that was part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA), a three year programme that includes professional development, commissioning, and support and resources. Find out more here https://vasw.org.uk/wevaa.

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