Young Writer in Residence 2022-23 – Runner Up
Danielle Sargeant

In Summer 2022, we started our search for Whitechapel Gallery’s first Young Writer in Residence. Emerging writers aged 18-24 were invited to apply, and submit a short original piece of writing which responded to The London Open as part of their application.

Danielle was selected as the 2022-23 Runner Up, along with Elspeth Walker and Esther-Rennae Walker, for the Gallery’s Young Writer in Residence Programme. The inaugural 2022-23 Winner was Yulin Huang.

With thanks to all those who applied, and to our selection panel which included journalist Precious Adesina, writer Gabriella Egavalle, and Whitechapel Gallery staff.

Danielle is a multidisciplinary artist using creative writing to explore perspective. She likes to distil experiences, thoughts, perceptions and ideas through directness, honesty and vulnerability.

Danielle’s Submission

This immersive free verse poem aims to capture the transformative sensation of walking through the London Open, drawing parallels between floating through a dream or veering into a nightmare, where material reality, experience and memory start to blur. The structure creates a distinct visual pathway across the page, subtly guiding readers to artworks, themes, phrases and sentiments featured at the exhibition. It is a piece intended to be familiar and accessible regardless of whether you have already seen the show.

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Young Writer in Residence

An opportunity for an early career creative to work on their writing practice in the context of a contemporary art gallery.