The six month residency provides a fully paid studio space at BACKLIT Gallery from July 2018. In exchange for this space the Writer in Residence will be expected to devote an average of ten hours per week to the coordination and development of  ‘The Arts Writing Group’ working alongside BACKLIT staff. The Writer in Residence will also be invited to engage with BACKLITs core programme, with the aim of publicly sharing thoughts and essays that open up wider contextual debate surrounding the issues and themes explored through BACKLITs projects.


In addition to a fully paid 6 month studio space, the Writer in Residence will receive up to £400 to cover expenses over the period.




Led by BACKLIT Gallery, ‘The Arts Writing Group’ was set up as a introduction over four sessions in Nottingham to investigate a wide range of critical, creative and practical approaches to writing about art and developing new skills using writing, from artists’  statements and arts journalism to developing artworks that incorporate text. The group generated a lot of interest and demand and BACKLIT wishes to continue to host the group with further opportunities explored.



Over the ten hours per week, the Writer in Residence responsibilities include assisting with the planning and development of ‘The Arts Writing Group’, mentoring, planning and organising critiques/ discussion for participants. Identifying relevant and relatable topics. Collecting written material from participants and exploring different outlets and platforms. Networking and partnership building across national Arts Writing Groups. More suggestions and opportunities can be discussed and agreed when Writer is in Residence.


Applications are encouraged from a broad spectrum of artist/ writers including recent graduates, early career writers and emerging artist-writers employing writing as their practice medium. Ideally based in the East Midlands with a genuine interest in working closely with ‘The Arts Writers Group’, artists, writers, curators and editors to evolve regional arts writing practice.



Candidates need experience of:

  • critical and creative forms of art writing (production, display, and reception)
  • social media and website management (Blog and Journal Planning)
  • history of arts writing and publishing


If interested, please submit the below detail to

  • letter of interest, stating plan of action for the one year residency
  • bio/ current CV
  • Writing samples and publications (email links is fine)
  • Examples of visual arts work if available


Deadline for applications is Thursday 15th June 2018 midday. Interviews will take place on 22nd June 2018 (please keep this date free). The Residency will start in July 2018.




BACKLIT are currently recruiting a Volunteer Coordinator to support and develop the Volunteer Programme. This is a paid role, part time (2 days a week) and is fixed for one year.


Deadline for applications is Thursday 31st May 2018 Interviews will take place at Backlit on Friday 8th June 2018 (please ensure you are available this day).


For further details about the role and how to apply please follow this link Volunteer Coordinator job spec FINAL 2018.docx



BACKLIT are currently recruiting a Catalyst Project Coordinator to support and develop the Arts Council England Catalyst Programme. This is a paid role, part time (2 days a week) and is fixed for one year.


Deadline for applications is Wednesday 23rd May 2018 Interviews will take place at Backlit on Wednesday 30th May 2018 (please ensure you are available this day).


For further details about the role and how to apply please follow this link Catalyst Project Coordinator job spec FINAL May 2018.docx


CURRENTLY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS, if interested in working with BACKLIT on the forthcoming project in May-July 2018 please click here for a Gallery Assistant outline on receipt of a completed application form (see below), further detail can be provided about the exhibition.

The Volunteer Programme provides a platform for people interesting in gaining more experience within the arts sector, we generally recruit Volunteer Gallery Assistants during the lead up to an exhibition or event.

The Volunteer Gallery Assistants role is to oversee the security of the exhibition and monitor artwork to ensure the condition and quality is maintained. To ensure the gallery space is kept clean and tidy. To welcome and engage with visitors and to record audience numbers.

The Volunteer Programme Manager will be on hand when Volunteers are in post to offer support if required.  The Volunteers play a crucial role to the ongoing activity at BACKLIT.

We are looking for people who are interested in art, want to learn new skills and be part of a friendly team.

Please note we only accept applications from applicants who are 18 years of age or above.





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