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 also apply to printed material. Please note that from 2020 we rely on organisations to support us by directly commissioning reviews, features and interviews. Our rationale and rates for ‘supported content’ can be found here, along with word limits and corresponding fees.

Please adhere to the following guide when submitting writing to editors (if disregarded your editor may return your draft):

Spelling and Grammar:

UK English should be used to check grammar and spelling. For proper spellings and use of language, we’re generally in agreement with the Guardian style guide. Look out for these in particular:

Ensure you are correctly using commas and don’t use Oxford commas.

Semicolons and colons should be used correctly and sparingly.

Hyphens should be used as a descriptor eg. ‘working-class values’, otherwise left out, eg. the working class.

Hyphens and parentheses should be used selectively for emphasis, and not overused. e.g. ‘The significance of the encounter – heightened by the emergence of Covid-19 – was suddenly apparent’.

Corridor8 formatting:

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

Use single inverted commas for titles of artworks, with a date included on first mentioned, e.g. ‘To Make You Afraid’ (2013) or ‘The artist’s 2103 work, ‘To Make You Afraid…’.

Full names should be given on first mention (Rachel Maclean), surname only (Maclean) thereafter.

Capitalise art historical periods (e.g. Minimalism) and associated styles (e.g. Baroque).

Use single quotation marks in all instances, e.g. By the artist’s own admission, the works are ‘consciously confounding’.

Dates written 15 December 2016.

Numbers that describe quantity should be spelled in full, i.e. ‘seven drawings’, except after 100 when they can appear numerically, eg. 283, 1,384, 30,985.

Single years should be written 1983, and centuries 1980s/1900s.

General Points

All content needs to have 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 online dialogue and encourage our readers to visit them. For this reason we schedule deadlines as far in advance as possible (arrangements will be made for writers to attend press previews when possible).

We encourage criticality from all of our writers, but only publish well balanced and contextually grounded criticisms. 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. ‘Pat Smith is a writer and curator based in Manchester’.

Articles must not be published in full anywhere else unless agreed with  supporting or partner organisations. Content may not be republished on personal websites or blogs, although an excerpt and/or screenshot may be used, 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]’.

Reviews & Features

Reviews can be written in the first or third person.

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. (this will not apply if Corridor8 is sourcing images)

Interviews

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/answer in square brackets. e.g. [LE].

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

Images

You may provide your own images to accompany reviews. Files should be of a decent quality for online publication and no larger than 2 megabytes. Provide caption and credits, i.e. Artist Name, ‘Artwork Title’, 2020. Photo courtesy of the author.

Alternatively, editors will source images directly from the gallery or institution.