Johanne Nordby Wernø: How to write about art?

Online lecture
26.05.20 – 16.06.20

In this lecture, curator, writer and art critic Johanne Nordby Wernø shares her valuable experiences and knowledge when it comes to writing about art. The lecture series is for everyone who seeks to immerse themselves in art and express themselves through text.

"How to write about art?" is a free, digital offering where four experienced art writers share their knowledge and experiences. Lectures are published every Tuesday at 16:00 and are open and accessible to everyone. No registration. Free entrance.

About the speaker

Johanne Nordby Wernø (b. 1980) is a curator, writer and critic. In 2019 she started St. Hans, Norway's first communications agency for the visual arts field, which is currently working with Kunsthall Trondheim, Einar Granum Art School, Norwegian Crafts, Norsk Kulturråd, Fotogalleriet and the posters project Pauseromsplakater.

For over twenty years, Nordby Wernø has been writing in Norwegian and international daily and professional press, both as a journalist and a critic. Among others, her texts have been published in Morgenbladet, Dagbladet, Vinduet, Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk, Klassekampen, Dagens Næringsliv/D2, Natt & Dag, Artforum (USA), Even Magazine (USA) and ArtReview (UK). From 2013 to 2016, she was general manager and curator of the Young Artists' Society (UKS). She has also freelanced as a curator, guest teacher, editor, lecturer and debate moderator, has been a temporary cultural attaché for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, and has held editorial positions in the Nordic art magazine Kunstkritikk. She is a board member of Praksis Oslo and is a member of the expert group for the Nordic Culture Point Mobility Program.

After a BA in aesthetic theory at the University of Oslo (2006), she received her MFA in criticism and curation at Konstfack in Stockholm (2009).

About the lecture series

The lecture series "How to write about art?" is published every Tuesday at 4 pm as a standalone offering and in parallel with the fully booked writing course "How to write about art?".

The lectures are available on our website until 16th June.

Tuesday, May 12: Tommy Olsson
Artist, writer, curator and art critic who writes regularly for Klassekampen.

Tuesday, May 19: Andreas Breivik
Writer and critic for, runs the magazine We Look at Art.

Tuesday, May 26: Johanne Nordby Wernø
Writer, critic and curator, as well as former head of UKS.

Tuesday, June 2: Inger Wold Lund
Artist, writer and critic for, among others, Her last book Erotika was published at Cappelen Damm.