Critical Art Writing Opportunity with PAPER

Critical Art Writing Opportunity with PAPER
Want to develop your art writing skills, be published in online and in print, and get paid?
PAPER Magazine is looking to appoint six resident writers based in the North West of England to contribute to the relaunch of its online art magazine. This is a paid opportunity open to writers at any stage in their career (unpublished, emerging or established) and will include training and mentorship from Sara Jaspan (PAPER Magazine Editor) and Laura Robertson (The Double Negative Editor). One writer will be funded by University of Salford and will also work with the Art Collections team; this opportunity will be offered to a graduate of University of Salford.

What’s involved 

The six successful applicants will work closely alongside PAPER Magazine’s editor to each identify and generate four original pieces of critical and/or creative writing to be published between November 2018 and October 2019.

Content will relate to any of the following five categories:

* Work by PAPER Gallery artist
* Work by local/national/international artists who explore paper in interesting ways
* Exhibitions by PAPER or other local/national/international platforms that feature paper-based work or explore paper in interesting ways
* Paper as a material (its production, social history, art history, changing cultural significance, different uses and artistic applications etc.)
* Subjects or themes identified in partnership with the Art Collections team at University of Salford

The six selected writers will also receive:
* A fee of £75 per published article (4 articles per writer in total)
* A travel bursary of up to £100 to visit exhibitions
* One day-long workshop in Manchester with Laura Robertson
* Ongoing face-to-face and online editorial support from Sara Jaspan
* Inclusion in a hard copy print edition of PAPER Magazine (to be launched at the end of the scheme) featuring selected articles from the online publication

Who can apply?

We’re looking for writers at any stage in their career who would like to push their practice forwards through editorial mentorship and by experimenting with alternative approaches to critical and/or creative art writing (e.g. testing new avenues of form, tone, voice and content).
What is PAPER Magazine?
PAPER Magazine is an online publication produced by PAPER that currently focuses on the gallery’s exhibitions and represented and associated artists. Over the next 12 months under this new project, the publication will be ‘relaunched’ with: a new website, an expanded editorial remit and range of contributors, and a bespoke print edition which will be for sale online, at PAPER, and at local, national and international art fairs attended by PAPER.
How to apply

Please send an email to (subject line ‘PAPER Magazine application’) with the following:
1. A paragraph (up to 250 words) outlining:
* Where you are based in the North West
* Your writing experience to date (including any relevant links)
* Why you want this opportunity
* Why you’re interested in writing about paper or artists that work with paper
* Whether you are a student of graduate of University of Salford
2. A paragraph (up to 100 words) outlining what your first proposed article for PAPER Magazine would be. This can take any form (interview, creative piece of writing, exhibition review etc.) but should evidence critical or creative ambition
3. A recent sample of writing – this can be a published or unpublished text of up to 1,000 words in length (extracts of longer pieces accepted) and should be something you’re proud of
by 11pm, Monday 1 October 2018