How we work

Background

Since 2009 Corridor8 has consistently covered contemporary art activity across the North of England. We now hold a unique archive of exhibitions, artistic practices and artist-led projects.

During this time we have operated on a mainly volunteer basis, with occasional project grants. This means that the majority of our online content has been unpaid. Relying on volunteer labour is at odds with our ethics, is a direct cause of inequality and homogeneity, and undermines our financial sustainability.

So we’re inviting the organisations that benefit from our writing to directly support the writers who fulfill this important role in a thriving arts ecology.

New Model

From 2020 we will rely on organisations to support us by directly commissioning reviews, features and interviews, with the understanding that criticality is inherently valuable.

We’ve seen a growing demand from artists and organisations for critical coverage. Many are willing to invest a small portion of their programming or marketing budget towards quality critical writing. They have found that it creates a legacy for their programmes far greater than what they could accomplish alone. This form of writing – what we’re calling ‘supported content’ – is distinct from ‘advertorial’ or promotional copy, offering insights and interpretations beyond basic description or a simple appeal for engagement.

We’re proposing a range of options that will cover writer fees and organisational costs, while our content will continue to be independently written and edited.

Supported content rates 

Review – £220 

(writer fee: £150; editor fee: £40; admin/org fee: £40)

  • 800-1,200 words + 2 images
  • Promotion across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and through our newsletter
  • Permanent website presence

Extended Review/ Feature/ Interview – £300 

(writer fee: £200; editor fee: £60; admin/org fee: £40)

  • 1,200-2,000 words + up to 4 images
  • Front page banner presence for min. 1 week
  • Promotion across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and through our newsletter
  • Permanent website presence

Annual package 1 – £800

(writer fee: £450; editor fee: £120; admin/org fee: £230)

  • 3 reviews + 3 adverts (running up to 2 months each)
  • Promotion across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and through our newsletter
  • Permanent website presence

Annual package 2 – £1,000

(writer fee: £600; editor fee: £180; admin/org fee: £220)

  • 3 Extended Reviews/ Features/ Interviews + 3 adverts (running up to 2 months each)
  • Front page banner presence for min. 1 week for each piece
  • Promotion across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and through our newsletter
  • Permanent website presence

Organisations, our ‘supported content’ terms and conditions, and commissioning process, can be found here. In the first instance, please contact the appropriate regional editor with all enquiries. 

You can also advertise with us; we offer lower rates for start-ups and non-regularly-funded organisations. Alongside commissions and adverts, we continue to work in partnership across the North (and sometimes beyond) to deliver training, residencies, publications and event programmes. Contact Lara Eggleton and Lauren Velvick at info@corridor8.co.uk if you would like to discuss working together.

Writers interested in joining one of our regional pools should contact the appropriate editor on our team page and include a sample of writing, published or unpublished. When producing content for Corridor8, we ask that writers adhere to our style guide.

Readers, artists and art enthusiasts, if you enjoy our content and appreciate what we do, please consider making a one-off or recurring donation.