speaking & teaching


‘How to Write about Contemporary Art’ launch, with Kenneth Goldsmith, 192 Books, NYC, 2015

Williams is Senior Lecturer on the MFA curating programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she teaches art writing, and is a regular Guest Lecturer on the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has taught and given talks at fine art and curating programmes throughout the UK, including the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University; Royal College of Art; Frieze Academy; Westminster University; Central St Martins School of Art; the Slade School of Art; Kingston University; South Bank Centre (all in London); Bournemouth Art Institute, University of Bristol; Leeds Beckett University; Leeds Metropolitan University; Northampton University; Norwich University; NYU Abu Dhabi; UCL Doha, Qatar; and the Whitworth Museum, Manchester.

Dr. Williams conducts workshops on art criticism as part of the Guardian’s ‘Masterclass’ series.

Williams has given gallery talks and participated in panels, and symposia on contemporary art at institutions including the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Royal Academy; South London Gallery; Fashion Institute of Technology (New York); Serpentine Gallery; Museum of Modern Art Oxford; Whitechapel Gallery; the ICA; the Goethe Institute; and Nottingham Contemporary; among many others.

speaking at ‘Writing into Practice‘ symposium, Feb 2019, with Katrina Palmer, Erica Scourti, Nick Thurston, Duncan Wooldridge, in collaboration with New Contemporaries, South London Gallery and Camberwell School of the Arts


with curator Omar Kholief, on Resonance

FM radio, June 2014

Gilda Williams, Sally O’Reilly, Julian Stallabrass, ‘Whitechapel/Art Monthly “Banjos at Dawn” Debates: For and Against the Interview’, 2010

speaking + teaching


cancelled, ‘Andy Warhol Music Club’, with Alex Needham, Tate Modern, 27 April

cancelled: panel chair, ‘Solitude and the Art of Walking‘, with Iain Sinclair and Gus Casely-Hayford, Royal Academy, London, 15 Apr, 6:30pm

teaching, ‘Writing for Artists‘, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, Feb


symposium, ‘Autodidacts’, La Fondation Vincent van Gogh, organized by Bica Curiger, with Diedrich Diederichsen, Charlotte Laubard, Wato Tsereteli, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Natsuko Uchino, Raphaela Vogel, Mathis Collins, Peter Herzog, and Giorgi Khoshtaria, Arles. Publication in preparation.

lecture, ‘How to Write About Art’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

talk, ‘Art Writing Basics: Writing v. Typing about Art’, The Value of Visual Literacy panel, New College of the Humanities, London

talk and workshop, ‘Absolute Beginners: How to Write about Contemporary Art‘, Unity Arts, Hackney, London, Jun

talk and workshop, ‘Writing the Exhibition’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Jun

talk and workshop, ‘Writing Artist’s Statements’, Spike Island, Bristol, May

guest lecturer, UCL, Doha, Qatar, May

talk, ‘In Conversation with Phyllida Barlow’, Royal Academy of Art, London, Apr

‘Documentas 10-14: Lessons in Curating’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art,London, Apr

talk and workshop, ‘Writing Artist’s Statements’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Mar

‘Hito Steyerl’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, Mar

presentation, ‘Writing Artist’s Statements’, SPACE, with Cedar Lewisohn and Rebecca Morrill, Feb

chair, ‘Writing into Art Symposium‘, with Katrina Palmer, Erica Scourti, Nick Thurston, Duncan Wooldridge, New Contemporaries/South London Gallery/Camberwell College of Arts, London, Feb

presentation, ‘How to Write about Contemporary Art’, Lithuanian edition, Art Book Fair, Vilnius, Feb

guest lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts, Jan

guest lecturer, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, Jan


talk, ‘In Conversation with Joyce Pensato’, South London Gallery, Sept


lecture, ‘Introduction to Curating’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, Mar

talk, ‘Writing v Typing: On Writing About Art’, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 24 May

talk and workshop, ‘Art-Writing for Curators’, Royal College of Art, Milan, 1 February

talk, ‘The Tao of Warhol: Art and Spirituality’, ICA, London, 18 January


talk, ‘Andy Warhol: A Most Underestimated Artist’, Whitworth Museum, Manchester, 13 Dec

talk, ‘Introduction to Curating’, frieze academy, 30 November

talk and workshop, ‘Writing for Artists’, Chisenhale Gallery, ‘Into the Wild’ programme, 21 Nov

talk, ‘Art Writing for Curators’, South Bank Centre, with Ralph Rugoff and Morgan Quaintance, Oct

in conversation with artists Yinka Shonibare MBE and David Shrigley, Royal Academy, Oct

lecture, ‘How to Write About Art’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 7 October

lecture, ‘Art and Artists in London’, Contemporary Art in London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 5 October

talk, in conversation with artists Bob and Roberta Smith and Alice Channer, Contemporary Art in London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Oct

guest lecturer, New York University Abu Dhabi, 23-29 April

guest lecturer, Northampton University School of the Arts, 18 April

book launch: ON&BY Andy Warhol, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 17 March
talk: ‘Andy Warhol: Artist of the Century

day course, ‘How to Write about Art’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, ‘Inside the Gallery’, 11 March

guest lecturer, ‘INSIDE/OUT’ lecture, Leeds Beckett University, 2 March

in conversation with Richard Deacon, Plinth, London, 3 March


guest speaker, ‘On Art Writing’, Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester

guest speaker, ‘VII Congreso Internacional de Arte en el Caribe: Las Escrituras de las Artes’, Cartagena

in conversation with Varda Caivano, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

in conversation with Kenneth Goldsmith, NY book launch for How to Write about Contemporary Art, 192 Books, New York

Guardian Masterclass, ‘How to Write Art Criticism

Guardian Masterclass, ‘Being an Art Critic’, with Brian Dillon

Guardian Masterclass, ‘Writing and pitching art criticism’, with Tom Morton

workshop, ‘Writing about Photography’, The Photographer’s Gallery, London

workshop, ‘Curatorial Directions: Writing the Exhibition’, day workshop, MAC, Belfast


workshop, ‘How to Write about Art’, Whitechapel Gallery, London

panelist, Writing on Art, The Drawing Room, London

artist’s talk, ‘Jonathan Wateridge’, Wilkinson Gallery, London

artist’s talk with Lawrence Weiner, South London Gallery, London

talk with art critics Tom Morton (frieze) and Oliver Basciano (Art Review), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Guardian Masterclass, ‘How to Write Art Criticism’, The Guardian, London

moderator, ‘The Sculpture Question’, Folkestone Triennial, with Nicolas Bourriaud, Iain Sinclair, Sarah Staton

radio broadcast, ‘Reconsidering Warhol’, Resonance FM 104.4

panelist, An Insider’s Guide to the Art World: Art Critics, White Cube Bermondsey/IESA event, London, with Jennifer Higgie, Brian Dillon, and Michael Bracewell


panel discussion, artist Nina Danino, ‘Communion’, Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, London

artist’s talk with Jockum Nordstrum and Emma Hart, Camden Arts Centre, London

artist’s talk with Giorgio Sadotti, Swiss Cottage Library, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

artist’s talk with Charles Avery at Whitechapel Gallery, London

talk following the screening of Craneway Event by Tacita Dean, Barbican Art Gallery, London






artist’s talk with Matt Bryans, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London


interview with Martin Parr and Grayson Perry for the frieze launch of yoox.com

online interview with Grayson Perry for yoox.com, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Haunted Time, Dark Vision: Defining the Gothic Aesthetic’, Summer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

gallery talk, ‘Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century’, Leeds Art Gallery

In Conversation: Alice Channer’, South London Gallery, London

Culture Now: Jane and Louise Wilson’, ICA talks, London

Defining the Gothic Aesthetic in Contemporary Art’, Royal College of Art, London


Template of Terror: The Revival of the Gothic’, chair of two-day symposium on the contemporary gothic with Lindsay Seers, Catherine Spooner, Fred Botting, Avril Horner, Paul Hodkinson, Jonathan Jones, ICA London, June

In conversation with George Shaw’, South London Gallery

Folkestone Biennial Tour, Summer

gallery talk on Sarah Lucas, ‘Late at Tate’, Tate Britain, London


Critic’s Circle: British Art Show 7’, with JJ Charlesworth and Sam Thorne, Nottingham Contemporary, November

Art Monthly Debates: For and Against the Interview’ with Jullian Stallabrass, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Interview with Yinka Shonibare MBE’, BP Art Lecture Award, Tate Britain, London

On Ruins, Resonance FM


‘Andy Warhol, Death and Disasters: A Modern Danse Macabre’, Courtauld Institute, London

Making Monsters: Gothic Themes and Processes in Contemporary Art’, University of Westminster

Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects’, symposium organised by Fred Botting and Catherine Spooner with Marina Warner et al., July

Subculture and Style’ symposium, in conjunction with ‘Gothic: Dark Glamour’ paper on ‘Making Monsters: Gothic in Contemporary Art’, FIT Museum, New York City, NY

guest lecturer, ‘Gothic in Contemporary Art’, Art Institute of Bournemouth

lecturer, MFA curating, Goldsmiths College, University of London (ongoing)


Gothic in Contemporary Art’, guest lecturer, MA in Curating, Goldsmiths College, London

Richard Prince’, symposium in conjunction with the Serpentine Gallery, with Nancy Spector, Richard Meyer, Goethe Institute, London

film presentation, ‘Cindy Sherman: Office Killer’, Tate Modern, London

The Gothic’, keynote speaker, ‘Curating Contemporary Art’, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

In conversation: John Stezaker’, Stanley Picker Public Lectures, Kingston University, London

The Gothic’, Royal College of Art, London

gallery talk, ‘Maria Lassnig’, Serpentine Gallery, London

visiting lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London, ‘The Gothic in Contemporary Art’


Louise Bourgeois’, Tate Modern, London

In conversation with Christian Marclay’, Tate Modern, London

The Gothic’, Slade School of Art, London

Identity and Performativity’, symposium, Tate Modern, London on ‘Warhol’s Women’

Andy Warhol: Filmmaker’, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, MA Photography programme


‘Damien Hirst: Murderme Collection’, Serpentine Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Poetry and Dream’, Tate Modern, London

gallery talk, ‘Thomas Demand’, Serpentine Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Gillian Wearing’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Louise Bourgeois/Francis Bacon’, Tate Modern, London


gallery talk, ‘Jeff Wall’, Tate Modern, London


symposium, ‘Humour as a Subversive Strategy in Art’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Monica Bonvicini’, Oxford Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

symposium, ‘Days Like These: Tate Triennial’, Tate Modern, London

lecture, ‘Stan Douglas’, Sotheby’s Institute, London


gallery talk, ‘Nan Goldin’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

‘Raymond Pettibon: A Reading’, with Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Michael Clark et al., Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

panelist, ‘Citibank Photography Prize 2001’, Photographers Gallery, London


Visiting tutor, MA Fine Arts and ‘Creative Curating’ courses, Goldsmiths’ College, London


gallery talk, ‘Doug Aitken’, Serpentine Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Boris Mikhailov’, Saatchi Gallery, London

Pipilotti Rist’, in conversation with artist, Tate Modern, London

gallery talk, ‘Dan Flavin’, Serpentine Gallery, London

gallery talk, ‘Citibank Photography Prize 2000’, Photographers Gallery, London


gallery talk, ‘Jane and Louise Wilson’, Serpentine Gallery, London

panelist, ‘New Art for Cool Britannia’, Culture Wars symposium, Riverside Studios, London


‘New British Art’, roundtable discussion, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

cream: Contemporary Art in Culture’, symposium, Cooper Union, with Jerry Saltz, Francesco Bonami, Okwui Enwezor, Dan Cameron, New York

Beyond the Artist, A London Biennale?’, panel, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


gallery talk, ‘Italian Contemporary Art’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London