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Social Works? Open 2021 - Art Writing Bursaries, Axis

  • Yorkshire, UK-wide
  • visual arts, Other, literature, Writing
  • Axis


Social Art Library—an Axis project, in conjunction with Social Art Network—is delighted to announce 12 new art writing bursaries for Spring 2021.

In 2018, we launched the first edition of Social Works? Open, a journal dedicated to social practice art, as part of our action research ‘Models of Validation’ (with Manchester Metropolitan University, 2018-20) which showed that the field of socially-engaged practice lacks a platform for critical dialogue.

In 2021, we will publish the long-awaited second issue of the journal, which will be distributed in both print and digital formats. We will be commissioning five texts of no more than 2000 words and five short texts of no more than 600 words. We will also commission two word-image contributions (e.g. comic strip, ‘zine, photo essay).

Proposals are invited from anyone involved in social practice art, including (but not limited to) artists, participants, producers, commissioners and researchers. 

Commissions will be remunerated as follows:

Long text = £500

Shorter text = £120

Word-image commission = £500

Deadline: Midnight, 18 January 2021

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