16 April, 2009

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Firstdraft Emerging Arts Writers Program

Firstdraft is pleased to announce the new Firstdraft Emerging Arts Writers Program. The Emerging Arts Writers Program has been developed by Firstdraft in collaboration with runway in order to provide support for emerging arts writers in Australia and generate structured opportunities for critical dialogue surrounding contemporary art practice. Firstdraft and runway aim to encourage excellence in arts writing practice and increase professional development opportunities for emerging arts writers through a process of mentorship and the provision of remunerated publishing opportunities.

We are now calling for applications for the 2nd half of 2009 Emerging Arts Writers Program.

The program includes a 3-month writing mentorship with an established arts writer. Firstdraft and runway will negotiate the mentorship with your nominated arts writer on your behalf.

The program also provides:

· Publication of a critical review, interview or short essay in runway

· Printed publication to accompany an exhibition of your choice in the second half of the 2009 Firstdraft exhibition program

· The opportunity to interview Firstdraft Studio artists to be published on the Firstdraft Studio blog and/or the annual Firstdraft Studio Publication

· Writers’ fee of $500

· Critical dialogue and discussion with Firstdraft artists and directors and runway board over a 3-month period

To download an application form, or for more information, visit: http://firstdraftgallery.com/050%20Information/004%20Forms/index.html

Applications close: 15 May 2009 at 6pm


An information day for second half of 2009 applicants will be held at Firstdraft Gallery on Saturday 25 April from 3pm. Come and get some info and tips on how to write a killer application for Firstdraft. Hear from Firstdraft Directors, as well as artists and curators who have recently completed the exhibition, curators and studio residents program. We will also be launching the Emerging Arts Writers Program.

Firstdraft is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of practising artists and curators. It is one of the longest running and most successful artist-run spaces in Australia. Firstdraft asserts the importance of contemporary art production, dissemination and discussion in society, providing a stimulating exhibition space that is professional and accessible for a diverse range of artistic practices and projects.

The deadline for proposals to Firstdraft's Jun-Dec 2009 Program is Friday 15 May 2009.

Emerging Curators Program:
• A three-week exhibition in the whole gallery (including promotion and opening costs).
• Access to and assistance with Firstdraft's equipment and resources.
• Funding and assistance for the production of a small catalogue to accompany the
show and towards curatorial costs.
Download the application form here

• Exhibition proposals are invited from individuals and groups, artists and curators.
Download the application form here

Emerging Artist Studio Program:
• A studio space on the ground floor of Firstdraft for eleven weeks.
• A three-week exhibition at Firstdraft upon completion of the program.
Download the application form here

116-118 Chalmers St.
Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: +61 (0)2 9698 3665


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