Call for Applications: Afterall Writer in Residence

Afterall invites applications for the second Writer in Residence post supported by Arts Council England. This offers the appointed candidate a six-month residency (December 2020 – May 2021) to develop their writing and research practice, with a £5,000 fee and editorial and mentoring support from Afterall’s editorial team. This opportunity is open to UK-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers who are currently underrepresented in arts research and writing.

The residency provides a welcoming base for an appointed writer to develop their independent research and writing interests in dialogue with Afterall’s team. Our aim is to provide a flexible opportunity, best suited to the appointed writer’s practice. We can provide access to Afterall’s extensive print and digital archives and public events, as well as to UAL’s libraries and other resources at the university. (To accommodate the current unknowns around how COVID-19 will impact access to UAL’s physical resources, alternative digital resources can be made available.)

We expect three pieces of writing to be developed which will be made available on Afterall’s website alongside our commissioned essays, reviews, and articles. Workload can be adapted accordingly in line with the ambition of the appointed writer through editorial discussion.

Afterall is a Research Centre and publisher committed to exploring contemporary art and its relation to wider artistic, theoretical and social context. We encourage applicants to engage with our website and other published material to gain an understanding of our remit, which is informed by the close study of artworks and the context in which art is made, seen and exhibited.

The Writer in Residence is expected to work at least one day per week during the residency period. The location of the candidate’s working base will be responsive to how COVID-19 has impacted onsite working, which will either be in Afterall’s office at Central Saint Martins (Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA), or at their home with communication occurring remotely. Please note that the residency does not include accommodation.

Adjoa Armah was our first Writer in Residence. Two of her articles – an essay responding to Kudzanai-Violet Hwami: (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1 at Gasworks, London and an interview with Tiona Nekkia McClodden – are available to read on our website.

How To Apply

This opportunity is for UK-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers. There is no other eligibility criteria but we ask applicants to self-assess their suitability for the residency as we will appoint a writer who is at a stage of their practice where they will substantially benefit from a period of editorial and mentoring support and a platform for their work.

To apply for this opportunity please send in a single PDF to with the subject ‘Writer in Residence 2020’:

  • One 500-word proposal for an essay on an exhibition or single artwork (1950s onwards).
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than one page).
  • 800-word cover letter outlining your current research interests and how a residency with Afterall will aid your development as a writer.
  • Completed Equal Opportunities form (downloadable here)

If you have any questions about the residency or if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss please email (Lauren Houlton, Project Manager)

Timeline and Deadlines

The deadline for applications is Monday 19 October, 12pm.

All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by Wednesday 4 November.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on Thursday 12 November.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified about the outcome of the interview by Monday 16 November.

The appointed Writer in Residence will be in post from Monday 30 November.

Application Assessment

Every application will be reviewed by two Afterall members of staff. Up to six applicants will be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview.


Source: Afterall

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