Style guide

Corridor8 publishes reviews, interviews and in-depth features that focus on contemporary visual arts and critical writing in the North of England. The majority of content is published online by a team of regional editors, but these guidelines equally apply to printed material.

Please adhere to the following when submitting work to Corridor8:

Style Guide

Italicise titles of exhibitions, books, journal and films, e.g. Division of Labour. Ensure that titles of exhibitions correspond exactly with promotional/press materials.

Titles of artworks should be in inverted commas throughout, with a date the first time mentioned, e.g. ‘To Make You Afraid’ (2013).

Full artist names should be used the first time they are mentioned (Rachel Maclean), thereafter their surname only (Maclean).

Dates should be written 15 December 2016.

Numbers that describe quantity should be spelled in full, i.e. ‘seven drawings’.

Years should be written ‘1983’, and ‘1980s’/’1900s’ when referring to a decade or century.

Use single quotation marks (e.g. By the artist’s own admission, the works are ‘consciously confounding’), except when exclamatory (e.g. “Satisfy Me”, the large metal letters implore).

Avoid Oxford commas.

General Points

There needs to be a tangible link to visual art and the North of England, i.e. an exhibition taking place in the NW, NE or Yorkshire regions, an artist who is based in or originates from one of those regions, or a phenomenon that spans one or more regions.

While reviews are sometimes published posthumously, Corridor8 prefers to review exhibitions in good time, to generate timely dialogue and allow our readers to visit. For this reason we schedule deadlines as far in advance as possible (regional writers will attend press previews when possible).

We encourage criticality from all of our writers, but strive to ensure it is a balanced form of constructive criticism rather than wholly negative. We want to encourage cultural activity and people taking part in it, rather than tainting opinion through overtly negative press.

To accompany each piece we require a short biography stating the writer’s name, profession/practice and location. e.g. ‘John Smith is a writer and curator based in Manchester’.

Articles must not be published in full anywhere else unless agreed with the Regional Editor beforehand. If they are to be published elsewhere they cannot be made available to the public until they have already been published with Corridor8 (online or print), and must include the following article credit: ‘This article first appeared on Corridor8, and can be found here/at [insert hyperlink or web address to the Corridor8 page containing the article].’


Unless agreed in advance the content for reviews should be 500 words or less, excluding writer biography and exhibition/event information.

Reviews are to be written in the third person, unless otherwise agreed with the editor.

Exhibition/event and image information is inserted at the end of reviews and should include (on separate lines):

  • The title, venue and city of the exhibition/event, and the dates open to the public, e.g. The King and I, &Model, Leeds, 26 January 2017 – 26 February 2017.
  • A website address
  • Image caption/credit: e.g. Image: Artist Name, ‘Title of Work’ (date). Courtesy of Joanna Blogs.


Interviews should be 1,500 words or less once transcribed.

Introduce the interviewee, and the reason why we are conducting the conversation at the beginning of the article.  e.g. ‘Jane Smith speaks to John Smith about his recent exhibition at The Whitworth, Manchester’.

Interviews should be in a Q&A style unless agreed otherwise with the editor in advance, with each question to be given its own paragraph and the writer and interviewee’s names abbreviated after the first question in square brackets, with the writer using ‘C8’ as their initials with their full name appearing at the beginning and end of the interview. e.g. “[C8] and [JS]”

Exhibition/event information to be included at the end of interviews in the same style as in reviews, if relevant.


We ask for two good images to choose from to accompany reviews, and up to five for longer pieces. High-resolution images are fine as the content management system used for the online platform will re-size them appropriately (but please avoid overloading our inboxes).

Where possible, source images directly from the gallery, institution or artist(s). If you are having problems please contact your editor as soon as possible who can then contact the relevant institution/artist.