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2014 Gertrude Contemporary and 'Art & Australia' Magazine Emerging Writers Program

Alex Martinis Roe, Free Associations, 2010, altered installation view, 20 minute durations, masonite, hardwood, tile grouting, acrylic paint, chalk. 

The Gertrude Contemporary and ARTAND Australia Emerging Writers Program provides 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 ARTAND Australia, this program is based in Melbourne and Sydney. It 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. 

The program contributes to the growth of a rich and insightful critical culture around contemporary art, providing participants with professional development and mentorship. Established in 2005, it 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.

Four applicants selected to participate in the program are 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 produces a catalogue essay for a Gertrude Contemporary Studio 12 exhibition and an artist profile for publication in ARTAND Australia magazine. 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.


The 2014 Mentors:

Gabriella Coslovich, freelance writer and editor of Gallery magazine at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Jeff Khan, curator, writer and Artistic Director, Performance Space, Sydney.

Anne Loxley, former Sydney Morning Herald art critic, has published numerous essays and articles. She is currently C3West Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.  

Kyla McFarlane, freelance writer and curator, and Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.


Applications should include:                                                                

- A cover letter expressing why you would like to take part     

- 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 to have been previously published.)

DEADLINE: Friday 21st March 5pm (late applications will not be accepted. Email applications are preferred.  Applications sent via post must be postmarked Friday 21st March)

Email your application to:                                                                                      

Shae Nagorcka, Gallery Manager   


Or post to: 

Gertrude Contemporary                                                          

200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065    


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