In search for next Young Writer in Residence, in October 2023 we launched an open call for original submissions which responded to Whitechapel Gallery’s Autumn season of exhibitions.
We received a wide range of incredible submissions each offering their own unique take on the season, drawing upon the works of Nicole Eisenman, Anna Mendelssohn, Johanna Billing, and the artists featured in It All Starts With a Thread.
We are delightful to announce that Gabrielle was appointed as Whitechapel Gallery’s Young Writer in Residence 2023-24.
Gabrielle will be taking the residency which runs from late January – April 2024. Throughout this time, Gabrielle will receive support to develop their writing practice, and will work on producing an event and new piece of writing to mark their residency.
With thanks to all those who applied, and to our selection panel which included Young Writer in Residence 2022 Yulin Huang, poet Nisha Ramayya, TISSUE founders Donna Marcus and Sam Moore and Whitechapel Gallery staff.
Gabrielle Fullam is an Irish-Punjabi writer from Dublin, living in Shadwell. She is studying an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University, and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she also served as President of the Student Union. She is a former editor of Icarus magazine, Ireland’s oldest literary journal. Her work centres on politicisation of the self.
‘Concept, Process, Output’ seeks to frame the extractive and draining nature of making art, and explores how the artistic process changes your relationships with others and yourself. It is inspired by two pieces of work in the Whitechapel Gallery, Nicole Eisenman’s ‘Maker’s Muck’, in which a sculptor is literally surrounded by evidence of their productivity, as well as Anna Mendelssohn’s notebook on display which reads: “No-one should be used as a symbol” which muses on the justice and process of creating art out.
An opportunity for an early career creative to work on their writing practice in the context of a contemporary art gallery.
Gabrielle’s Winning Submission