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Thirty-two artists were commissioned to write exactly 500 words without restriction on content or form. Language and text-as-image is a rich area that artists increasingly use in their work; what do artists need with words and what do they write about?

Flash 500 texts were sent out via email to the AD mailing list: five stories a week for six weeks between 18 September and 23 October 2013. Poster versions of works were also displayed at selected galleries around the UK, they are now available to buy through the website.

Flash 500 will be available in book version from September the 12th, the launch will at 4pm at Whitechapel Art Gallery as part of the London Art Book Fair.


Copyright and Permissions

All texts copyright ⓒ the artists and Akerman Daly

Aroma Venus by Milly Thompson
Selected extracts from Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London on behalf of The Chichester Partnership. Copyright ⓒ Dauphne Du Maurier 1941. Selected extracts from Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea reproduced with permission of Penguin, London. Copyright ⓒ Jean Rhys 1966.