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Morgan Quaintance, Letter from Tokyo, 2018 – installation view. Exhibited as part of Jerwood Staging Series 2018, supported by Jerwood Arts. Image: Hydar Dewachi

Writer in Residence

The Writer in Residence programme engages early-career arts writers with Jerwood Arts’ programme of exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London.

It provides a paid writing opportunity and developmental support for outstanding UK-based writers, inviting resident writers to engage with exhibitions as they choose. The programme aims to publish thoughts and essays that open up contextual debate surrounding the issues and themes explored by artists within the exhibition programme.

Working remotely, the Writer in Residence engages with exhibitions through event attendance and contact with curators, artists and the Jerwood Arts team. They are asked to deliver five responses during the residency period, however, it is appreciated that more ambitious activities may take up more time and the expected workload can be adapted accordingly.

The residency is self-directed by the successful applicant, and outputs to date have ranged from direct responses to commissioned artworks, to more tangentially connected longer-form essays. Previous Writers in Residence have also used social media, delivered radio shows, produced audio or podcast responses and contributed to the events programme at Jerwood Arts. Responses are published on a dedicated section of the Jerwood Arts website.

Since launching in 2011, the Writer in Residence programme has hosted 24 writers including: 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.

The Writer in Residence programme is managed by Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, and Lauren Houlton, Gallery Manager.

Current Opportunity

Applications to the Writer in Residence Award have now closed. This appointment will run from June 2019 – December 2019.

During this time the writer will respond to the following exhibitions:

Jerwood Makers Open 2019

New commissions by Lucie Gledhill, Forest + Found, Mark Corfield-Moore, Tana West, and Bethan Lloyd Worthington

Exhibition dates: 18 June – 18 August 2019

Final exhibition of 2019 (to be announced shortly)

New commissions in a group exhibition format

Exhibition dates: 1 October – 15 December 2019

We are particularly interested in hearing from early career arts writers who would benefit from:

  • engaging closely with an exhibition and events programme supporting early career artists
  • a period of editorial support from the Jerwood Arts team
  • an opportunity to explore personal research or writing approaches that are not supported via current print/online platforms

The Award

The successful applicant will receive:

  • an award of £750 (VAT inclusive)
  • a small budget to support self-directed development*
  • additional funding for travel if based outside of London (to support attendance at two x exhibition previews and two x events)

* Self-directed development opportunities will be identified in discussion with the Jerwood Arts team and might include activities such as mentoring, training, a small-run publication print or contributing to the events programme.

Timeframes and deadlines

Applications to the Writer in Residence Award have now closed.

Meetings with shortlisted applicants: Thursday 30 May 2019

Final decision communicated by: Friday 7 June 2019

Decision making processes

All applications will be reviewed by Jerwood Arts staff who will decide on a shortlist of approximately six applications. Meetings will take place with the shortlisted applicants before a final selection is made.


You can see examples of work by previous Writers in Residence here.