UTS Gallery Student Writing Program

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In 2017 UTS Gallery invited proposals from current UTS students for short-form essays (500 words) responding to our 2017 exhibition program.

We looked for insightful and innovative critical writing that addressed the themes of the four exhibitions on show at UTS Gallery in 2017. Proposals were requested after the opening of each exhibition, allowing time for the percolation of ideas. We asked writers to visit the exhibition, reflect on their experience, and tell us how they’d like to respond. One proposal per exhibition was selected and developed in consultation with UTS Gallery curatorial staff. The essays were published on ArtsHub and the UTS ART website. Students from all faculties were encouraged to apply. A writer’s fee of $250 was paid on publication.

Exhibition 1: Surface TensionBiljana Jancic Read the published essay.
Exhibition opens: 28 February
Writing proposals close: 14 March

Exhibition 2: Impact, Fiona Foley, Michael Cook, Angela Tiatia, Taloi Havini Read the published essay. 
Exhibition opens: 9 May
Writing proposals close: 23 May

Exhibition 3: Sounding the Future, Gail Priest, George Poonkhin Khut, Pia van Gelder and Tom Smith, Peter Blamey Read the published essay. 
Exhibition opens: 1 August
Writing proposals close: 18 August

Exhibition 4: The InvisibleAbdul Karim Hekmat, Khadim Ali, Rushdi Anwar, Elyas Alavi & more Read the published essay.
Exhibition opens: 3 October
Writing proposals close: 17 October


The student writing program will open again for submissions in early 2018. Watch this space for details

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

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