Jerwood Writer in Residence 2022: Application Guidance

What is the Jerwood Writer in Residence 2022 programme?

The Jerwood Writer in Residence 2022 programme is an opportunity for UK-based early-career visual arts writers to develop their practice.

There are two Jerwood Writer in Residence opportunities in 2022. Each residency is six months long and writers are invited to produce up to five new critical responses to both Jerwood Arts’ Exhibitions and Events programme at Jerwood Space in London, and Jerwood Arts’ wider work.

The two residency slots are:

The two selected writers will each receive:

  • £1,500 fee
  • £500 production budget to disseminate thinking and research through means of either an event, DIY publication, video recording, podcast or other activity
  • £300 budget for mentoring
  • Editorial support from the Jerwood Arts team
  • Publishing through the Writing and Media section of the Jerwood Arts website

Since launching in 2011, the Jerwood Writer in Residence programme has supported 27 writers: Alex Hull, Marek Sullivan, Joseph Constable, Gwen Burlington, Taylor Le Melle, Nicolas Helm-Grovas, Tom Emery, Hatty Nestor, James Gormley, Kathryn Lloyd, Philomena Epps, Lizzie Homersham, Tom Overton, Alice Butler, Elinor Morgan, Patrick Langley, Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Shama Khanna, George Vasey, Morgan Quaintance, Eleanor Nairne, Jessica Lack, Colin Perry, Gareth Evans, Chris Fite-Wassilak, David Trigg and Louisa Elderton.

What is involved?

Writers are supported to produce up to five responses during their residency, with workload adapted to support more ambitious activities within the project accordingly. It is aimed at visual arts writers who are seeking an opportunity to explore their experimental critical voice and have their practice engaged with across Jerwood Arts’ audience and extended networks.

Responses are self-directed and developed in dialogue with the Jerwood Arts team. They are hosted on the Writing and Media pages on the Jerwood Arts website and shared through our social media channels. Where the opportunity allows, Jerwood Arts will aim to share writer’s responses across our partnerships in order to further extend the audiences for their writing.

There is a small production budget to enable writers to disseminate their work, thinking and research further in dialogue with the Jerwood Arts team. For example, this could be used to support an event, to print a small leaflet publication, to create digital or audio content, or for other activity identified by the writer.

Each writer also has a budget for mentoring sessions during their residency and will be supported by the Jerwood Arts team to identify potential mentors to help them develop their practice.

Who is it for?

We welcome applications from early-career arts writers specialising in visual arts criticism.

We do accept applications from fiction and poetry writers, but we ask that you demonstrate past experience of writing critically about exhibitions and/or visual art in your application.

We welcome applications from writers who are:

  • able to demonstrate at least one years’ track record of professional writing practice but are not yet regularly contributing to established arts publications.
  • living and working in the UK.
  • seeking to experiment and grow their practice at a pivotal moment.
  • not in formal education at the time of application and throughout their chosen residency period.
  • have experience in writing with criticality about visual arts and/or exhibitions.

There is no educational requirement or age limit to apply.

Take the Quiz

There is an eligibility quiz at the beginning of the application form to help you decide if this is the right residency for you. You must be able to answer all questions in the quiz with confidence to be eligible to apply.

There is further detail about who the residencies are for in the FAQ section of this guidance. If you have questions about your suitability for Jerwood Writer in Residence 2022, please email the team at gallery@jerwoodarts.org and we will aim to get back to you within two working days.

Please see below for further details of how we can support you to make an application.

What are the key dates?

Tuesday 9 November, 2pm Application portal opens
Wednesday 24 November, 10am Application portal closes
Friday 3 December All applicants updated on status of their application
Monday 6 December Interviews held with shortlisted applicants on video call
Wednesday 8 December Shortlisted applicants updated on selection outcome

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

Jerwood Arts is committed to improving equality, diversity, and inclusion across all our work, and you can find details of our latest actions here.

The sector is experiencing one of the highest levels of loss of work in the face of Covid-19: the personal impact of this is often devastating; the loss of skilled and talented people permanently a very real worry for the future. Research suggests the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health and livelihoods of people from African, Caribbean, LatinX or South and East Asian heritage, those with disabilities or long-term health conditions, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those facing intersecting barriers. These groups were already under-represented and most likely to experience racism and marginalisation in the arts.

For this opportunity, we particularly welcome applications from anyone from the groups above. We are focusing our marketing efforts to engage with networks and organisations representing these communities and also highly encourage applications from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the North-East and North West of England which have been under-represented in our recent opportunities. To support this we are continuing to offer additional financial support to enable writers based outside of London to fully participate in the programme and for any access adjustments required.

Actions we have taken to make our support to applicants more inclusive and accessible include providing comprehensive guidance and FAQ, both of which are available in text and as an audio recording. We have created a more equitable application form, with no requirement for CVs. We also offer 10-minute advice sessions and provide individual access support.

The assessment and selection process will be undertaken by paid alumni from the Jerwood Writer in Residence programme and Jerwood Arts staff members who have received bias awareness guidance and will endeavour to ensure that all applicants are treated equitably. Applications will be assessed without identifying information such as names or monitoring information attached.

How to apply

To apply you will be asked to provide:

  • Contact information
  • Your preference of residency slot
  • A statement of no more than 700 words including answers to the following questions:
    • Why is it important for you to undertake the residency at this specific moment in your career and how do you think it will help you develop your critical writing practice?
    • How would you approach the residency?
    • Do you have any ideas about what mentoring you would like to receive?
    • Do you have any ideas about how you might use the production budget?
  • Two examples of your writing (500 words each). These can be an extract of a longer work.

Working on your application 

There is no save and continue function in the application form. We strongly recommend you draft your responses offline and then paste them into the online form when you are ready. It is not possible to amend your application once it has been submitted.

Please keep a copy of your responses for future reference as it is not possible for us to provide you with a copy once you have submitted your application.

Applications are now closed

Application making advice and support

We are committed to making our opportunities accessible and the application experience as user-friendly as we can. This is part of our ongoing work to welcome and encourage applicants facing barriers to apply. We are also particularly keen to support first-time applicants to Jerwood Arts.

Emails

We are happy to receive your questions about the opportunity or application process, please contact gallery@jerwoodarts.org. We will acknowledge your email within one working day and aim to answer your question within two working days.

Advice Sessions

We also offer the opportunity to speak with a member of the Jerwood Arts team for a ten-minute advice session on:

  • Friday 12 November, 12pm – 1pm
  • Tuesday 16 November, 12pm – 1pm
  • Wednesday 17 November, 4pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 18 November, 4pm – 5pm

In these sessions, we can discuss your specific ideas for applications and guide you as to how you might strengthen these in the application. We are unable to read draft applications or examples of your previous writing. Please email gallery@jerwoodarts.org with the areas of your application your would like to discuss and your phone number to book an advice session, we will confirm the process for your advice session over email.

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is around eligibility and suitability of your application to the residency and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have had an advice session with a member of the Jerwood Arts team before submitting an application.

Meeting your access requirements

Access Support Worker

We can contribute up to £200 towards a fee for an Access Support Worker for applicants who need one. Please email gallery@jerwoodarts.org or call us on 07585 443895 at least three working days before the deadline to discuss how we can help.

Audio and video applications                                        

If you would prefer to submit your application as an audio or video recording, the online application portal provides the opportunity for you to do this. You can upload one audio or video file including your responses to the questions below

  • Why is it important for you to undertake the residency at this specific moment in your career and how do you think it will help you develop your critical writing practice?
  • How would you approach the residency?
  • Do you have any ideas about what mentoring you would like to receive?
  • Do you have any ideas about how you might use the production budget?

An audio or video application should be 3 minutes maximum, roughly equivalent to 700 words, and should not be overly produced or edited. This is not an opportunity to demonstrate your skills in production but to clearly communicate your application in an accessible format.

We will ask you to complete contact details and an equal opportunities monitoring form in written form to assist the processing of your application.

Access Rider

We are also committed to ensuring that the delivery of the residency is accessible for the selected artists/creatives. At the beginning of the residencies, we will provide awardees with an access rider, and will ensure that our communications meet individuals’ needs.

Selection process

The assessors will consider applications based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the applicant’s critical art writing practice, as evidenced in the two examples of their work provided.
  • How the applicant intends to approach the residency, the mentoring they feel would help them to do so, and their intention for the production budget.
  • How pivotal a career moment the applicant has articulated in their application, and the impact that a focused period of publishing opportunities would have on the direction of their practice.

All applications will be read by two members of a paid panel of writers who are alumni of the Jerwood Writer in Residence programme to identify a longlist of 20 applications. The longlist will be read by an internal panel comprising Jerwood Arts staff before a shortlist of 8 candidates are invited to interview. Interviews will take place on video call with Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, Iman Osman, Visual Arts Assistant, and an alumni writer from the Jerwood Writer in Residence programme. Two Jerwood Writers in Residence will be selected through this process, and each assigned preferred residency slots in 2022 in relation to their own research interests and ambitions.

We take seriously the role bias can play throughout the selection process and give guidance to all assessors. In reading applications, they will start with the articulation of why the applicant is interested in the Jerwood Writer in Residence 2022 programme (700 words/3 Minutes) before assessing the two writing examples provided (500 words). This means that if an individual’s name is disclosed in writing samples it is normally one of the last things that an assessor will read. We do not attach other information which may create bias such as geographic location and other personal details.

Throughout the selection process, we will prioritise the assessors’ judgement of the quality of applicant’s critical arts writing practice, and potential for impact on their practice. We introduce information such as artform, location and monitoring information at the longlisting/shortlisting stage to note any percentage variances with the total pool of applicants. Where two or more equally strong applications are in play, we may choose to recommend the applications that will result in a more balanced, representative, and inclusive longlist/shortlist for consideration at the next stage of selection.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on Friday 3 December 2021.

For unsuccessful applicants who are not shortlisted, this email will contain general information about the response to the 2022 residency opportunity, trends the assessors observed and the process the panel assessors used to arrive at the selection.

Shortlisted applicants who attend an interview will receive written feedback on their application by Friday 10 December 2021.