May 11, 2005

OPPORTUNITY | Emerging Writers' Program

Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and Express Media are pleased to announce the launch of an annual mentorship program for young and emerging visual arts writers. As a part of Express Media's commitment to providing professional development opportunities for writers under the age of 30, and Gertrude's commitment to supporting emerging practitioners and fostering critical dialogue, the Emerging Writers' Program will partner four young arts writers with four experienced mentors, working together for 20 contact hours over a period of four months between July and December 2005.

The mentorship program will assist in the growth of an insightful critical culture, providing participants with professional development opportunities as well as enhancing literacy through a focus on arts writing. As part of the project outcome each participant will be expected to produce an exhibition review for publication in un Magazine, Melbourne's quarterly art review journal, and a catalogue essay for Gertrude's Studio 12 exhibition program. The four mentors who will be participating in this program are:

:: Tessa Dwyer: independent writer, curator and former Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. Tessa has curated numerous photomedia projects and has written for publications in Australia and internationally.
:: Anthony Gardner: writer and academic based in Melbourne and Sydney. Anthony teaches at the University of Melbourne and at Monash University, and is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the University of New South Wales.
:: Natalie King: writer, curator and broadcaster. Natalie curated the recent survey exhibition Destiny Deacon: Walk and Don't Look Blak at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as Supernatural Artificial, an exhibition of Australian photomedia artists currently touring the South-East Asian region.
:: Linda Michael: independent curator, writer and editor. Linda was the curator of Australia┬╣s 2003 Venice Biennale pavilion, featuring the work of Patricia Piccinini, and is currently curating the 2006 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Applications
Interested applicants to the mentorship program are asked to submit a relevant writing sample of no more than 500 words, together with a CV and a cover letter outlining what they hope to gain from participating in the program, to:

Emerging Writers' Program
C/- Express Media
The Meat Market Arts House
42 Courtney Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

The application deadline is MONDAY 30 MAY 2005, 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Info:
Samantha Comte or Jeff Khan at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces on 03 9419 3406 or at jeff@gertrude.org.au
Richard Watts at Express Media on 03 9326 8367 or at artisticdirector@expressmedia.org.au