Call for Applications: Afterall BAME Writer-in-Residence

We are pleased to invite applications to the first in a series of Arts Council of England-supported BAME writer-in-residence positions with Afterall. We particularly welcome applications from writers whose practice is informed by the close study of works of art and the context in which art is made, seen and displayed.

The residency aims to offer a welcoming base and relevant context for the appointed writer to operate from. In addition to awarding a bursary of £5,000 and in-depth editorial and mentoring support, affiliation to Afterall will provide access to our extensive archive, both print and digital, and to all our public events held during the period of the residency. This new placement scheme will significantly complement our existing artistic and cultural programme, bringing a new strand of written and visual activity to our digital platform.

During the residency, there are four ways in which the writer will be invited to actively engage in our content.

Firstly, through receiving mentoring and editorial support in order to have their study of a work or exhibition published on one of our platforms.

Secondly, we will ask them to undertake at least one interview as part of our ongoing ‘Artists at Work’ series with an artist in the local community or in other regions of England who is engaged in producing work that match the principal themes the resident is interested in.

Thirdly, we will ask our resident to draw out articles from our archive, relevant to their interests and ambitions, and work with us to profile and build upon them.

Finally, for years two, three and four, each former writer-in-residence will be invited to sit on the subsequent short-listing panel, remaining involved and invested in the legacy of the scheme.

The Afterall writer-in-residence is expected to be in residence over a six-month period from April to October 2019 and to spend at least one day per week at the Afterall office at Central Saint Martins in Kings Cross, London. Please note that the residency does not include accommodation.

The selected writer will receive a bursary of £5,000, which includes travel and subsistence costs.

How to Apply
We are specifically calling for applications from BAME writers, who are based in or within travelling distance of London and who are familiar with Afterall’s research and publishing activity. To make an application please prepare:

  • a 500-word abstract, written in English, of a study of a single work of art or exhibition
  • a one-page curriculum vitae with e-mail, phone and mailing address
  • a one-page cover letter explaining how a residency with Afterall will aid your development as a writer

Submit to by 17:00 (GMT) Thursday 17 January 2019. We strongly recommend you include live links to previously published writing for consideration.

As per Afterall’s general remit, the 500-word abstract for an essay should focus on a late modern or contemporary artwork or exhibition (1955 onwards). We are particularly keen to receive abstracts for studies of historically marginalised or under-appreciated art and exhibitions. There are no age restrictions, but we will endeavour to ensure that the opportunity is offered to a candidate who will substantially benefit from our experience in mentoring. If attaching evidence of previous writing please only include material relevant to this proposal.

For further information about the residency, if there is a particular reason (such as dyslexia) that may require you to submit a postal application or if you would like to discuss other submission options, please contact us at:

Selection and shortlisting
The shortlisting and selection for this opportunity will take place in late January 2019. All proposals will be viewed by representatives of Afterall. We will aim to contact all applicants by the end of January, and the successful applicant will be announced in February 2019.