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In 2005 the Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program was established to provide a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers to contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art.

Run in partnership with Australia’s leading art magazine Art and Australia, this program offers four emerging writers the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing. 2015 will be the fifth year the program will be offered in New South Wales.

The aim of the Emerging Writers Program is to professionally support emerging arts writers who are committed to a career in the arena of contemporary art and criticism. This program contributes to the growth of a rich and insightful critical culture around contemporary art, providing participants with professional development and mentorship. This is the longest-running program of its kind in Australia and offers unparalleled access to professional networks and the opportunity to publish in Australia’s most important art magazine.

Each year four applicants are chosen to participate in this program. Each Emerging Writer is teamed with a mentor who is a leader in the field and with whom they work, to create two pieces of professional writing for publication.

Each writer creates a catalogue essay for a Gertrude Contemporary Studio 12 exhibition and an exhibition review for publication in Art and Australia magazine. This year the Emerging Writers from New South Wales will be required to travel to Melbourne to meet with the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist on whose work they will be writing for the Studio 12 exhibition catalogue.

To view previously published outcomes of this program please see the Emerging Writers section on our website

The 2013 mentors were:
Bala Starr, Senior Curator, The Ian Potter Museum Melbourne University
Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Dr Peter Hill, artist, writer, curator and Associate Professor of Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne
Kathy Bail, Chief Executive, UNSW Press, Sydney


To Apply:

Please see here

Applications should include:                                                                 

A cover letter expressing why you would like to take part in this program

 Curriculum Vitae

A writing sample of up to 700 words (Preferably a catalogue essay or review of an art work, exhibition or event rather than a university essay or thesis extract. This does not need have been previously published.)

Send your application to:                                                                                     
Helen Hughes, Curator – Communications                                                                                     
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