emerging writers

Initiated in 2005, the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program provides a unique opportunity for Australian emerging visual arts writers to develop their writing practice, publish their work and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing. 

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.

Gertrude Emerging Writers have been published in, Art Monthly Australia, eyelineunMagazineDiscipline, West Space JournalVaultDissect and Realtime.

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

The Gertrude Emerging Writers Program is currently being reshaped and will return in 2019. To keep in the loop regarding the next application round, please check our website or sign up to our mailing list for updates.