UTS Gallery is inviting proposals from current UTS students for short-form essays (500 words) responding to our 2018 exhibition program. We are looking for insightful and innovative critical writing that addresses the themes of the current exhibition on show at UTS Gallery. Submissions open on the first day of each exhibition, allowing sufficient time for the percolation of ideas.

We want you to visit the exhibition, reflect on its themes, materials and content, and tell us what you have discovered. What does it mean? Why does it matter? How does it make you feel? And finally, how would you like to write about it?

One writer is selected per exhibition and their writing is developed in consultation with UTS Gallery curatorial staff. The essays are published on ArtsHub and the UTS ART website. Students from all faculties are encouraged to apply. A writer’s fee of $250 is paid on publication.

How to apply: Complete the application form at this link. If you have any questions or wish to discuss your proposal before submitting, please email Stella Rosa McDonald, UTS Gallery Assistant Curator: stella.mcdonald@uts.edu.au

Questions? Get in touch. We suggest you read previous writing on our exhibition program here.


Exhibition 1: Soft Topologies, Kate Scardifield
Exhibition opens: 27 February
Writing proposals close: 19 March
Writer: Baillie Lee. Read here

Exhibition 2:Clanger, Baden Pailthorpe
Exhibition opens: 1 May
Writing proposals close: 24 May
Writer: Nick Lavery. Read here

Exhibition 3: Hello World: Code and Design, Curated by Aaron Seymour
Exhibition opens: 24 July August
Writing proposals close: 16 August

Exhibition 4: Void, Curated by Emily McDaniel
Exhibition opens: 25 September
Writing proposals close: 19 October


Read the selected writers from 2017 here:

Exhibition 1: Surface Tension, Read the published essay.
Exhibition 2: Impact,  Read the published essay. 
Exhibition 3: Sounding the Future, Read the published essay. 
Exhibition 4: The Invisible, Read the published essay.