Posted 14.05.2020 by Lara Eggleton in Opportunities

Call for Proposals: ‘Thinking Through Extinction’ Writing Residency

Apply through CuratorSpace by midnight on Friday 29 May 2020.

Corridor8, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Museum, invites proposals for an online writing residency for the AHRC-funded project ‘Thinking Through Extinction’. The successful applicant will work closely with commissioned artist Laurence Payot to develop a piece of writing that responds critically and/or creatively to the project’s concepts and themes. The final work will be refined in conversation with editors and academic leads and showcased in a print publication alongside other commissioned writing and artwork. The publication will be distributed nationally and promoted through partners’ networks and platforms.

About the Project

‘Thinking Through Extinction’ explores how mass extinction is encountered in public spaces. From fossil displays to taxidermy, there is a long history of representation of individual species extinctions in museums. But to what extent are these representational and curatorial techniques changing in a time of increasing public awareness of mass extinction? Based at the University of Leeds, and in partnership with Corridor8 and Manchester Museum, the project investigates what people think, imagine and believe about extinction, focusing in particular on how museums and galleries shape such engagements.

Liverpool-based artist Laurence Payot has been commissioned to create new work that she is currently developing with a group of creative collaborators. A series of online workshops will be held in June and July, inviting members of the public from a range of demographics. Based on these and other conversations, final works will be shown online and at Manchester Museum, which in addition to its extensive collections, currently explores closely related themes via its exhibitions ‘Heritage Futures’ and ‘Beauty and the Beasts’. There will be a live public or digital launch planned for October 2020.

What You Will Do

The selected writer will take part in at least four artist-led online workshops in June/ July and attend online meetings with collaborating artists, project leads, editors and designers between June and September 2020. They will write a 2,500-3,000-word responsive piece that could take a number of forms (proposals will be considered for creative and experimental, as well as essay-style approaches), which will then be edited in conversation with Corridor8 and project partners. The writer will also be invited to feed into a collaborative design process.

Please note: Due to Covid-19, it is likely that the writing residency will take place entirely online, with the possible exception of a public launch.


£2000 inclusive (10 days @ £200/day)

Selection Process

Applicants must be UK based and can be at any stage of career (having published at least once, on any edited platform) but must have a genuine interest in collaboration and be open to working with editors to evolve their writing. A writer will be selected on the basis of the strength of their proposal (up to 250 words), suitability of experience (up to 250 words) and quality of writing, evidenced by a sample of published work up to 1,000 words (can be an excerpt). They will also be asked to upload a short CV. The selection panel comprises Stefan Skrimshire and Dominic O’Key (University of Leeds), Lara Eggleton (Corridor8) and artist Laurence Payot. We will aim to notify applicants within two weeks of the deadline.

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