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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

Jerwood Writer in Residence 2020


The Jerwood Writer in Residence 2020 programme is a paid developmental opportunity for outstanding early-career arts writers. It includes a £1500 fee and access to a £500 fund for self-directed professional development activity. Writers are tasked with responding to Jerwood Arts’ programme of exhibitions and events in London with the aim of opening up wider debate around the enquiries and themes explored.

There are two Jerwood Writer in Residence opportunities in 2020. Each residency is six months long and runs across two exhibitions. Writers are supported by the Jerwood Arts team and there is an additional fund to support travel for writers based outside of London. The newly added development fund element can be used for activity to help strengthen your writing practice, such as mentoring, training programmes, networking, research and/or attendance at appropriate events and conferences.

Since launching in 2011, the Jerwood Writer in Residence programme has hosted 25 writers including: 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?

The residency aims to support long-term engagement with our exhibitions and events programme. It is aimed at writers in the early stages of their careers who would benefit from a platform, and are interested in developing imaginative and interrogative responses.

Responses are self-directed and developed in dialogue with the Jerwood Arts team. These are hosted on the Writing and Media pages this website and shared through our social media channels. Alternative platforms can also be explored. Jerwood Writers in Residence are each expected to deliver up to five responses during their residency, with workload adapted to support more ambitious activities within the project accordingly.

Jerwood Writer in Residence January-June 2020

Responding to:

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, 15 January – 8 March 2020. New photography commissions by Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson.

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight, 1 April – 31 May 2020. New moving-image commissions by Guy Oliver and Reman Sadani.

Jerwood Writer in Residence June-December 2020

Responding to:

Jerwood Solo Presentations 2020, 17 June – 16 August 2020. Three new solo presentations of newly commissioned work by early career artists. Artists to be announced.

Autumn exhibition (title to be announced), 30 September – 13 December 2020. A curated group exhibition of new commissions by early career artists.

Eligibility criteria

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

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

We welcome application from writers:

  • within the first five years starting their writing practice
  • living and working in the UK
  • who are willing to be bold and take risks
  • who are outside formal education at the time of application and throughout their chosen residency period.
  • who have experience in writing about visual arts and/or exhibitions


If you have any questions about the opportunity or application process please contact

Timeframe and deadlines

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 4 November 2019.

All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by 5pm, Friday 22 November 2019.

Meetings with shortlisted applicants will take place on Thursday 28 November 2019.

We will let you know the outcome of the final decision process by 5pm, Monday 1 December 2019.

Selection and decision making process

Each application will be read by the Jerwood Arts team with support from our Artist Advisers.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in person or via Skype.


To apply you will be asked to :

  • Provide a statement outlining: your interest in Jerwood Arts’ programme; a short proposal outlining how you would approach the residency; and some ideas for how you would like to use the development fund (no more than 700 words in total).
  • Indicate your preference of residency slot depending on your availability in 2020 by ticking the appropriate box in the application form.
  • Provide two examples of your writing (500 words each). These can be an extract of a longer work.
  • Provide your writing credits