In 2005 the Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program was established to provide a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers nation-wide to develop their writing practice, publish their work, and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing through a year-long mentorship with an established art historian, curator or writer.

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 some of Australia's leading arts publications and organisations.

From 2013–2016, The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund has been a major supporter of the Emerging Writers Program.

We are currently not accepting applications. The Emerging Writers Program will return in 2017 with a renewed format.

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