Jerwood Visual Arts Writer in Residence


Image: ‘Now I Gotta Reason’, 2012. Hydar Dewachi

Writer in Residence call for applications

Deadline 27 March, 5pm

Writers with a focus on contemporary art practice are invited to apply for a four-month Writer in Residence role with Jerwood Visual Arts from May – August 2016.

About the Writer in Residence Programme 

Since launching in 2011, the Jerwood Visual Arts Writer in Residence programme has hosted 16 writers including: Lizzie Homersham, Tom Overton, Alice Butler, Elinor Morgan, Patrick Langley, Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Shama Khana, George Vasey, Morgan Quaintance, Eleanor Nairne, Jessica Lack, Colin Perry, Gareth Evans, Chris Fite-Wassilak, David Trigg and Louisa Elderton.

The Writer in Residence engages with Jerwood Visual Arts’ programme of exhibitions and Project Space commissions, with the aim of opening up wider contextual debate around the enquiries and themes of each initiative. The main platform for this is the Writer in Residence Blog (see on which reflections, essays and interviews are posted. Previous writers have also utilised social media, delivered radio shows, produced audio or podcast responses. Several writers have also contributed to the events programme.

Writers work remotely and engage with the programme through exhibition and event attendance, and contact with curators, artists and the Jerwood Visual Arts team. Writers are asked to deliver, on average, a response or activity every two weeks, however it is appreciated that more ambitious activities may take up more time. The residency programme is managed by the Jerwood Visual Arts Gallery Manager.

Current Opportunity

We are currently seeking applications for the second residency of 2016, spanning May – August 2016. The writer will be engaging with the following exhibitions and a new Project Space commission:

Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016
Francesca Blomfield/ Archie Franks/ Dale Lewis
11 May – 19 June 2016

Jerwood Encounters: Staging Series
4 July – 15 July

Summer Solo Exhibitions
27 July – 28 August 2016

Project Space: Keira Greene
9 May – 27 August 2016


The successful Writer in Residence applicant will receive an award of £750 (inclusive).

How to apply

Please email the following items to with ‘Writer in Residence’ as the subject.

– CV (PDF format)

– Two examples of your writing (no more than 500 words)

– Links to any further work published online.

– A proposal (no longer than one page) outlining how you would approach the residency.

Applications Close: Sunday 27 March 2016, 5pm

Meetings with shortlisted applicants will take place on Monday 11 April 2016

Please visit the website for further information: and to download the Writer in Residence Call for Applicants


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