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Writer in Residence opportunity at John Hansard Gallery

10 February 2020

ArtfulScribe, in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, is pleased to announce a new Writer in Residence opportunity to expand the gallery’s existing work around voice, spoken word and literature development.


The Residency forms part of the So:Write Literature Development project that aims to develop the profile of writers and writing in Southampton and the region. So:Write is a two-year development strategy and programme, led by Artfulscribe, that includes residencies at City Eye,  Southampton City Libraries and John Hansard Gallery which is part of the University of Southampton.


We are seeking an experienced writer and/or artist with a history of publishing, who is keen to position their writing within the context of a gallery, can respond to the Gallery’s exhibitions and events programme and the wider context of the city and the Solent region. This Residency represents a substantial opportunity for the selected writer to establish new networks and work in conjunction with exhibiting artists, the Gallery team and audiences. The Residency will be developed specifically in relation to the selected writer and/or artist, their practise and the proposed focus of the residency.


John Hansard Gallery and ArtfulScribe invite expressions of interest from writers and/or artists who have both a knowledge of and interest in contemporary visual arts. The Gallery anticipates working with a pro-active, creative and flexible Writer-in-Residence who is also open, and approachable with experience of engaging directly with the public. Expressions of interest should include a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity and proposed focus of the residency (max. 1,000 words), biography, along with links to any other relevant or online content and examples of recent writing practise to be submitted via email as a single PDF or Word document.


The fee will be £5,000 for a commitment of up to 40 days over a maximum 12-month period with hot-desking provided in John Hansard Gallery. As part of the residency the Writer-in-Residence will be expected to maintain a regular blog/journal/podcast and hold a series of public events that develop different voices within the gallery. The residency will culminate with an offer of publishing support from ArtfulScribe to produce a small experimental publication in conjunction with John Hansard Gallery. The Gallery is open to the form these could take with the potential for workshops, recitals, screenings, performances, pamphlets, bookworks, zines, etc. 


If you have any questions please contact:


Expressions of interest should be emailed to Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Monday 9 March at 10am with interviews scheduled to take place on Tuesday 31 March 2020 


Further Information:


John Hansard Gallery
John Hansard Gallery is an internationally recognised and locally engaged contemporary art gallery in Southampton. Being part of the University of Southampton, the Gallery aims to change the world for the better through great art. To realise this the Gallery creates innovative and critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, events, engagement and research projects that excite, challenge, represent and reach the widest possible public audience. 


The Gallery was established in 1979 and in 2018, it relocated to its new purpose built venue in Southampton’s city centre, significantly increasing the space available for exhibitions, events and integrated programming. Learning and engagement are at the heart of the Gallery and underpin all its activities. The innovative education and public programme is accompanied by special community-focused projects, including activities for all ages and levels of experience. John Hansard Gallery is supported using public funding as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England.




SO: Write

SO:Write is a two-year, multi-strand literature development strategy and delivery programme based in Southampton that aims to develop the profile of writers and writing in the area. Led by ArtfulScribe and a consortia of partners, SO:Write will provide a wide range of activities for people from primary age to university graduates and early/mid-career writers. Through workshops, events and showcases, the project will create and signpost progressive pathways for writers from grassroots involvement to professional employment.


SO:Write will work with marginalised groups and a more general public, delivering opportunities to include high-profile residencies at key cultural institutions, showcase platforms for live literature, workshop facilitation training for writers to encourage sustainable development in the region and the establishment of a printing house to publish creative output and to create a lasting legacy for the city.



ArtfulScribe aims to find, develop and promote new and emerging writers and audiences for Live Literature by hosting creative writing workshops, Live Literature events, and open mics that inspire, educate and entertain.


Covering a wide range of writing styles and techniques, catering for all ages and levels of ability, as an organisation we are committed to empowering self-expression in the community by developing skills and confidence, raising the profile of writers and writing in Southampton, Hampshire, and neighbouring counties.


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