About

5’9 / 1981 / B Rh+ / Instagram: @veryspecificvideotapes / Twitter: @tessanorton

Like Descartes, only with four jobs! A contemporary art Steve Martin that literally nobody asked for!

Art writer. Throughout 2018 I was in residence at Wysing Arts Centre, working on a project about having a kid, space-time, ghosts, pop music, anxiety and art: the resulting publication is The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts, which was shown in Wysing’s 30th Anniversary show in Summer 2019, and which you can buy as an edition on Wysing Polyphonic here. As a freelance writer, I contribute regularly to The Wire and various other publications, and currently I’m co-editing (with Bob Stanley) a big old book about The Fall, which will be published by Faber Social in 2021. I am a Jerwood Arts / FACT Digital Fellow in 2020-21.

Writing commissions and enquiries:

1-800-SORRY-I-RUINED-YOUR-EXHIBITION-CATALOGUE or tessanorton at gmail dot com

I’m happy to talk about any writing commissions for exhibition texts, essays, interviews or features.

I’m also available for arts marketing and audience development consultancy, and content editing and copywriting for interesting and ethically sound arts or charity projects. (For more, see my For Hire page.)

I live in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. I used to be in London, Leeds and Manchester regularly but I’ve not been out and about so much for some reason recently.

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