C Magazine’s mandate is to advance education in contemporary visual art by providing readers with access to important issues and ideas. We present a wide variety of educational programs, including artist talks, lectures, and workshops that extend the discussions and themes explored in the magazine and in our culture. Our readers are primarily artists, art professionals such as curators, educators, and students in visual arts and culture. For many of them, C Magazine has played an important role in their studies and in the development of their careers. We strive to offer programs that enhance our readers’ learning experiences and provide opportunities for development to writers and artists.
Experiments in Criticism
Experiments in Criticism is an educational series devised by C Magazine to nurture and promote interdisciplinary critical literacy around contemporary art, primarily for youth aged 18 to 30. Participants in a series of workshops, guided by community leaders, explore unique approaches to art criticism. The Curious Criticism symposium, presented in Autumn 2022, brought together writers, critics, artists, curators, and other thinkers to take up questions in relation to their manifold practices of reflecting on contemporary art and culture.
C New Critics Award
The C New Critics Award is designed to help develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. This program gives C Magazine the opportunity to identify and support promising new writers, who often become regular contributors.
Indigenous Art Writing Award
Presented by C Magazine and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones. The Indigenous Art Writing Award is an initiative created to support, compensate, and platform three standout individuals who are advancing critical and creative thought about Indigenous contemporary art. Indigenous writers in the first decade of their career are invited to submit a single text up to 2,000 words in length about an artist, project, exhibition, performance, event, initiative, theme, and/or phenomenon therein..
C Writer in Residence
The C Writer in Residence programme gives writers engaged in art criticism the opportunity to become closely involved with C Magazine on an in-depth level, as well as a place to grow and develop their writing practice. The Writer in Residence proposes and, upon acceptance, develops an original piece of writing to be published in a forthcoming issue of the magazine or on the website.
C Artist ProjectFor each issue, C Magazine commissions one artist to engage with the theme and harness the unique, generative tensions inherent in the public/private nature of the magazine format. We’ve recently expanded this program, with the support of Partners in Art in 2021, to introduce a guest curator for each iteration, who commissions the work, writes the accompanying text, and hosts a public program with the artist, thus granting novel opportunities for emerging curators to begin new working relationships, receive editorial support, gain insight into magazine production, and expand their thinking about the possibilities of print.
C School is aimed at extending C Magazine's mandate to advance education in contemporary visual art and culture. C School offers a sponsored educational copies and subscription program where educators can order C Magazine for use in the classroom free of charge. C School also offers study guides and critical writing workshops in a variety of educational settings, taking C Magazine into the classroom and beyond.
The searchable open access archive contains scans of every past issue of C Magazine. Each article is catalogued and described by a short abstract and several keywords; this work is ongoing.