The Jerwood 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 and Jerwood Arts wider work 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.
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 Jerwood 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 produced by writers during their residencies are published in the Writing and Media section of our website here.
Since launching in 2011, the Writer in Residence programme has hosted 25 writers including: Alex Hull, 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 Jerwood Writer in Residence programme is managed by Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, and Louis Jones, Exhibitions Manager.
Read Jerwood Writer in Residence responses here
Current Jerwood Writer in Residence:
Marek Sullivan is a traditionally trained joiner and writer based in Somerset, UK. His writing has appeared in Frieze and Poetry Review.
Marek was selected for Jerwood Writer in Residence 2020 but his residency was delayed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He is in residence from January 2021 - June 2021 and will respond to Jerwood Solo Presentations 2021 as well as further developing his own research into art and class.