Whitechapel gallery Young Writer in Residence

whitechapel gallery Young Writer in Residence

Following our inaugural young writer residency in 2022, we’re now looking for our Young Writer in Residence 2024.

Aged 18-24 and interested in writing and contemporary art? Whether you see yourself as an artist, as a writer, or as someone experimenting with the written form, our Young Writer in Residence scheme offers one young creative the opportunity to work on their writing practice in the context of a contemporary art gallery.

How to apply?

We’re inviting submissions for original pieces of writing that respond to the artworks on display as part of our Autumn 2023 Season of exhibitions.  This might be a poem, essay, article, review, piece of experimental prose or something else entirely. The winning entry will be invited to take up the residency which will run from Late January – April 2023.

The deadline for entries is 4 December, 9am. Please complete this application form to enter.

Submissions should be no longer than 800 words and must be original and unpublished. 

We aim to provide short feedback for all submissions; however, in the case of an unprecedented number of entries, this may not be possible.

The winner, and runners up, will be announced in January 2023.

Runner ups will receive a £50 voucher to spend at Whitechapel Gallery’s Koenig Bookshop, and their piece will be featured on the Whitechapel Gallery website alongside the winning submission.

Who can apply?

Those aged 18-24 living or working in London, with an interest or background in contemporary art may apply.

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those who are residents of Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Barking & Dagenham, and are from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts.

Please note you must have right to work in the UK.

What is a Young Writer in Residence?  

Since 2009, Whitechapel Gallery has invited writers and artists to take up the position of Writer in Residence. The Young Writer in Residence sister programme offers early career creatives with writing as a key part of their practice to take part in a season long residency to support them to develop their craft.

The Young Writer in Residence receives:

  • A residency fee of £500
  • A commission to create a new short piece of writing to be published on the Whitechapel Gallery website (and in a partner publication, where agreed)
  • The opportunity to programme an event at the Gallery, as part of our Young Creatives Night strand
  • Complimentary tickets to exhibitions and public programme events during their residency season
  • Meetings with Whitechapel Gallery staff and relevant programme partners to support the Young Writer in Residence’s career development

Website link: Young Writer in Residence 2023 – Whitechapel Gallery

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