ArtfulScribe, in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, is pleased to announce a new Writer in Residence opportunity to expand the gallery’s existing work around voice, spoken word and literature development.

The Residency forms part of the So:Write Literature Development project that aims to develop the profile of writers and writing in Southampton and the region. So:Write is a two-year development strategy and programme, led by Artfulscribe, that includes residencies at City Eye,  Southampton City Libraries and John Hansard Gallery which is part of the University of Southampton.

We are seeking an experienced writer and/or artist with a history of publishing, who is keen to position their writing within the context of a gallery, can respond to the Gallery’s exhibitions and events programme and the wider context of the city and the Solent region. This Residency represents a substantial opportunity for the selected writer to establish new networks and work in conjunction with exhibiting artists, the Gallery team and audiences. The Residency will be developed specifically in relation to the selected writer and/or artist, their practise and the proposed focus of the residency.

John Hansard Gallery and ArtfulScribe invite expressions of interest from writers and/or artists who have both a knowledge of and interest in contemporary visual arts. The Gallery anticipates working with a pro-active, creative and flexible Writer-in-Residence who is also open, and approachable with experience of engaging directly with the public. Expressions of interest should include a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity and proposed focus of the residency (max. 1,000 words), biography, along with links to any other relevant or online content and examples of recent writing practise to be submitted via email as a single PDF or Word document.

The fee will be £5,000 for a commitment of up to 40 days over a maximum 12-month period with hot-desking provided in John Hansard Gallery. As part of the residency the Writer-in-Residence will be expected to maintain a regular blog/journal/podcast and hold a series of public events that develop different voices within the gallery. The residency will culminate with an offer of publishing support from ArtfulScribe to produce a small experimental publication in conjunction with John Hansard Gallery. The Gallery is open to the form these could take with the potential for workshops, recitals, screenings, performances, pamphlets, bookworks, zines, etc.

Find out more on the Artful Scribe website



Application Deadline:
31 March 2020 12:00 am

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