Open Call | Young Art Writers Programme with TBG+S, RHA and The LAB

Application deadline: Thursday 11 July, 1pm.

After the success of the first Young Art Writers programme in 2018, which took place in partnership with the RHA gallery, TBG+S are delighted to announce the 2019 Young Art Writers Programme, with a new partner on board, The LAB Gallery.

This year the programme will take place from 11am – 4pm over three Saturdays: 31 August (TBG+S), 7 September (RHA) and 14 September (The LAB), and culminate with a day in November during the 2019 Dublin Art Book Fair at TBG+S (date TBC).

The programme is designed for anyone age 18 – 25 who is interested in art and writing or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome.

The programme is devised to immerse the participants into thinking about writing in relation to the visual arts in a number of ways, in order to support the participants formulating their own writing practice. Each day will be located in each of the galleries, and will combine a workshop with events such as exhibition tours, studio visits, talks, and group discussions. Each day the group will explore a different aspect of writing and this creative process, including performance, collaboration, response, critiquing, exhibiting, and more.

Workshops will be facilitated by artists and writers Nathan O’Donnell (Paper Visual Art), Lisa Freeman, and Lily Cahill (winner of DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2019). Participants will receive exhibition tours at the three galleries, visit artist Suzanne Walshe in her studio at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, attend a talk by writer Kevin Breathnach (Next Generation Artist 2018), and more. Participants will be encouraged to think about various possibilities of writing in and around art and to be open to engaging with new techniques, critical thinking, and more.

Each day will end with a session led by RHA and TBG+S Public Engagement and Learning Curator, Róisín Bohan, to develop the output of the programme for Dublin Art Book Fair in November.


  • Anyone age 18-25
  • No previous experience in the field of art or writing in necessary

To apply for this programme please download the application form link below, complete, and email to

For more see:…young-art-writers-programme

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