Who we are

Corridor8 is a not-for-profit platform for contemporary visual arts and writing in the North of England. We publish reviews, features, interviews and exploratory writing, and are dedicated to producing high quality content that reflects the vibrant art scenes and cultural events taking place across the Northern regions.

The Corridor8 team is also determined to pay writers and editors at professional rates, whenever possible. We are currently working toward a more sustainable model by encouraging organisations to commission writing and partner with us to offer residencies and bursaries. Other ways to support us include advertising.

To hear about opportunities and events as they arise, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and subscribe to our mailing list. We won’t share your details with third parties. For general inquiries, email info@corridor8.co.uk. Please note we are a group of part time volunteers and can only do our best to respond to enquiries in a timely fashion.


In 1968 Michael Butterworth founded the literary magazine, Corridor (read the full backstory by Hannah Nussbaum here). In 2010 he resurrected Corridor as a contemporary arts and writing journal, Corridor8. Since then, it has become a recognised source for reviews, interviews, features and critical debate, covering activities across the Northern ‘corridor’. Previous editor/directors include Sophia Crilly, Roger McKinley, Jo McGonigal, Laura Mansfield, Bryony Bond and Lauren Velvick.

Lara Eggleton became Managing Editor in 2016 and launched a critical writing residency programme in partnership with Northern arts organisations, supported by Arts Council England and local funding bodies. This has resulted in a series of paid commissions, print publications (designed with dust) and a fresh new website design (with SB-PH).

What we offer

*Artists/ Organisations/ Institutions

To notify us of an exhibition or event in your area (Northern England only), contact the appropriate regional editor on The Team page. We’ll do our best to get one of our writers on it. For longer pieces that require interviews or more substantial travel and/or research, we ask that organisations contribute a fee to cover writers’ and editors’ time.

You can also advertise your event or opportunity with us. We offer lower rates for start ups and organisations not in receipt of regular funding.  As we operate mainly on a volunteer basis, we need your help to pay our writers and editors, and to continue to advocate visual arts activity in the North.


If you are based in the North of England and are interested in joining one of our writing pools, contact the corresponding editor on The Team page. Please note that we are not currently able to pay writers for reviews, but with the help of project funding we are able to offer a limited number of paid features each year. If you have an idea for a piece that explores visual art and related cultural phenomena in the North, please get in touch. We also offer writing residencies; join our mailing list and follow us online to keep abreast of opportunities.

All writers should refer to our guidelines before submitting drafts.


If you are an organisation interested in hosting a Corridor8 writing residency or other co-funded writing opportunity, email Lara Eggleton and Lauren Velvick at info@corridor8.co.uk. The earlier conversations start, the better we can hatch a plan together.