Altair’s areas of expertise include:
- Art criticism and writing
- Management and administration in the visual arts sector
- Arts project management
- International contemporary art – conceptual, installation, performance and video art
- Contemporary and historical painting
- Contemporary ceramics
- Contemporary art theory and criticism
- Art history and visual culture
Altair Roelants is a freelance arts writer, journalist and visual arts professional originally from London, who was raised in both England and New Zealand.
Altair studied Art History and Contemporary Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2003 – 2006). Subsequently, she has worked in the visual arts for 14 years, collaborating on a broad range of artist, exhibition, public and text based creative projects. Her independent and collaborative ART/WRITING projects, seek to generate alternative and more engaged modes of arts criticism by considering art writing and making alongside one another.
From 2006 – 2010 Altair lived and worked in London as a freelance arts writer and press officer, and in various arts management and communication roles including for the Arts Council England and TATE etc. Magazine. In early 2010 she relocated to Sydney, where she wrote regularly for a range of national and international arts publications about Australian and New Zealand contemporary visual art and ceramics. Alongside working as an Arts Project Manager for ARTCELL and as the Coordinator of a three-year NSW State Government arts and cultural project. In mid 2014 Altair was awarded a Visual Arts Award from the Australian Government Arts Council, to undertake an arts writing residency at DRAWInternational and to work on related projects. Following this experience, Altair relocated to the Midi Pyrenées in 2015, while remaining connected to the Australian and New Zealand arts scenes.
Altair is currently based in central Toulouse, where she runs the project Anglais pour l’art, and continues to write for international arts publications. She is also a freelance English language and writing teacher at various universities and arts and cultural institutes in Toulouse. Most recently running courses at the BBB Centre d’art and University Jean Jaures.
For more details of Altair’s work, please visit her website: www.writingthevisual.wordpress.com.
And for a full career history, please see her linked in page here: Linked In – Altair Roelants.
image: Altair Roelants © LesMonier 2018