The Writer in Residence programme provides valuable paid publishing opportunities online and in print for outstanding arts writers. It is open, inviting resident writers to engage with the programme as they choose and with the aim of publishing thoughts and essays that open up wider contextual debate surrounding the issues and themes explored through Jerwood Visual Arts projects. This writing provides featured artists with much-valued critical reflection and context on their work and exhibitions.
George Vasey is a writer and curator based in London. His writing has appeared in Art Review, Art Monthly, thisistomorrow and Kaleidoscope, he has also written numerous catalogue essays. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Alexis Hunter & Jo Spence’ at Richard Saltoun (London) and ‘A Small Hiccup,’ a travelling group exhibition exploring diseased language at Grand Union (Birmingham), The Newbridge Project (Newcastle) and further event at Limoncello (London). During this residency he will focus on national and international issues and trends.
George Vasey begins his four-month residency in September 2013 and will post critical responses to the current Jerwood Drawing Prize (11 September – 27 October) and Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics (6 November – 8 December) exhibitions.
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician and curator, born in South London in 1979. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Frieze, Rhizome.org, thisistomorrow and a number of curatorial sites and music blogs. As a musician he has played with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the Noisettes, Friendly Fires, Does It Offend You Yeah and currently plays in the band PLUGS. With a background in the performing arts, he attended the London College of Communication as an undergraduate gaining a first class degree in Sound Art and Design, and completed postgraduate studies in 2011 graduating from the Royal College of Art’s MA in Curating Contemporary Art. He is also the producer of Studio Visit, a weekly hour-long interview show broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.
Morgan Quaintance is the eighth in this series of Writers in residence. He begins his four-month residency in May 2013 and will post critical responses to the current exhibitions, Jerwood Encounters: After Hours (15 May – 23 June) and the Jerwood Makers Open (10 July – 25 August) exhibitions.
Curator and writer Eleanor Nairne’s recent projects include contributions to Frieze; a catalogue essay and lecture as part of ‘Self-Portrait’ at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2012); editing ‘Yael Bartana: The Polish Trilogy’ (2012); presenting the television series ‘Your Paintings’ for BBC2 (2012); and curating ‘Making a Scene’ at Southampton City Art Gallery (2011). In the past she has worked with Barbican Art Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Frieze Art Fair and Sadie Coles HQ. She graduated with a distinction from her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2010. Eleanor is the Co-ordinator of the Artangel Collection at Tate.
Eleanor began her four-month residency in January 2013 and posted critical responses to the exhibitions, Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards, Tomorrow Never Knows: Ed Atkins and Naheed Raza (16 January – 24 February) and the Jerwood Painting Fellowships (13 March – 28 April) exhibitions.