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Young Writer in Residence

Open Call, June 2022

We’re looking for Whitechapel Gallery’s first Young Writer in Residence.

Aged 18-24 and interested in writing and contemporary art? Whether you see yourself as an artist, as a writer, or as someone experimenting with the written form, the pilot Young Writer in Residence scheme will offer one young creative the opportunity to work on their writing practice in the context of a contemporary art gallery.

How to apply?

We’re inviting submissions for original pieces of writing that respond to the artworks on display in free The London Open 2022. This might be a poem, essay, article, review, piece of experimental prose or something else entirely.

Submissions should be no longer than 1000 words and must be original and unpublished.

We aim to provide short feedback for all submissions; however, in the case of an unprecedented number of entries, this may not be possible.

The deadline for entries is 2 August 2022, 9am. 

A shortlist of runners up and a winner will be announced in August 2022.

Runner ups will receive a £50 voucher to spend at Whitechapel Gallery’s Koenig Bookshop, and their piece will be featured on the Whitechapel Gallery website.

The winning entry will be invited to take up the role of Young Writer in Residence which will run from September to December 2022.

Who can apply?

Those aged 18-24 living or working in London, with an interest or background in contemporary art may apply.

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those who are residents of Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Barking & Dagenham, and are from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts.

What is a Young Writer in Residence?  

Since 2009, Whitechapel Gallery has invited writers and artists to take up the position of Writer in Residence. This new pilot programme offers early career creatives with writing as a key part of their practice to take part in a 3-month residency to support them to develop their craft.

The Young Writer in Residence would receive:

  • An honorarium of £500
  • A commission to create a new short piece of writing to be published on the Whitechapel Gallery website (and in a partner publication, where agreed)
  • The opportunity to programme a Young Creatives Night event at the Gallery
  • Complimentary tickets to exhibitions and public programme events during their residency season
  • Meetings with Whitechapel Gallery staff and relevant programme partners to support the Young Writer in Residence’s career development



Can I apply as part of a pair or collective? Yes. You would need to be individually eligible for the opportunity, and submit each of your details via the submission form. The position and a single honorarium would be awarded to the collective.

Is studio space part of this residency?  This is not an in-person residency at Whitechapel Gallery. However, access to working space at the gallery on occasion during the residency period can be discussed and provided subject to availability.

What would the new piece of writing produced during the residency need to be about? The residency is your opportunity to explore what it is you’d like to write about, and dedicate time to writing it. The piece should relate in some way to the Autumn Season of exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, and could relate closely or more broadly to a particular artwork, theme, or experience present in any of the exhibitions.

If you have any further questions please contact:



Call for submissions has now ended.