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Thirty-two artists have been commissioned to write exactly 500 words without any other restriction on content or form. Language and text-as-image is a rich area that artists are increasingly using 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 each work were on display at selected galleries around the UK, and are now available to buy through the website.

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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.