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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Writing Scotland - Calling Budding Art Critics

Remember a while back The Commonty was calling for budding art critics in the region....well.....

Are you interested in writing enjoyable and insightful art criticism about contemporary art in Scotland?

Do you need to develop your writing skills and experience to take your writing career to the next stage?

Supported by Creative Scotland, Writing Scotland will provide five emerging writers with a programme of free workshops and writing support.

The participants will work with arts journalist Chris Sharratt, who will run the programme alongside three other well-established and respected writers, who will lead practical workshops (to take place between November 2013 and March 2014 at the CCA, Glasgow. Dates and times to be confirmed) and provide general feedback.

Moira Jeffrey, art critic of the Scotsman newspaper
Neil Mulholland, Professor of Contemporary Art Practice & Theory at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the MFA Contemporary Art, Edinburgh College of Art
Sarah Tripp, artist and writer based in Glasgow

The programme will help you to:
Extend your linguistic range
Iron out any solecisms and habitual shortcomings in your writing style
Articulate ideas and arguments convincingly and logically
Find your own distinctive authorial voice
Recognise the needs of different audiences
Learn about the practicalities of pitching ideas for publication and submitting to an editorial process
During the programme, each participant will write at least two pieces of work for publication, receive feedback on work proposed for publication from the mentors and have an opportunity to submit work ‘on spec’ to Axisweb and partner publications.

All travel to workshops at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow, will be covered and Axisweb will pay writers for any written work we publish.

Find out more at

How to apply
To apply, you must be based in Scotland and should provide evidence of:
Love of language and basic grammatical competence
Ability to structure ideas
Curiosity about new developments in contemporary art within the UK and beyond
Willingness to work hard and benefit from the programme
An interest in raising the profile of and developing critical writing about contemporary art activity in Scotland

To apply, please send:
A 500 word (max) review of an exhibition you have recently seen or an art-related issue that has caught your attention
A 300 word (max) statement of why you are interested in the programme and what you would hope to achieve from it
Two other examples of your writing
Your CV
Applications should be sent to including ‘Writing Scotland Application’ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Friday 18 October 2013

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Chris Sharratt at for more information

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