The Art Writing Programme

Plymouth Writers Residencies/ Background Information

The Art Writers Group

The Art Writers Group (AWG) is a new association formed by Peter Stiles, Josephine Lanyon and Grace Davies. The group has its origins in a residential writing week at the Arvon foundation in Devon organised by Visual Arts South West in 2014 where writers, artists and arts professionals came together to improve their writing skills under tutors Cherry Smyth and Christopher William Hill with guest speaker Charlotte Higgins, Arts Editor at the Guardian.


Plymouth Partners

Plymouth Culture (, Made in Plymouth (http://, Plymouth Arts Centre ( ), Plymouth College of Art ( and Plymouth City Council


Residency Brief

We aim to build up a pool of skilled local writers in Plymouth who feel confident enough to produce text for a range of outlets; local, national and international. We want to work with experienced writers who are willing to help us develop critical writing skills in Plymouth, and who will engage with the city’s changing art scene. The writers will be working with the publication Made in Plymouth ( and its editor Joe Meldrum. A writers group already exists in the shape of those writers who contribute to this publication but both AWG and other Plymouth partners will work to attract other members. The selected writers will lead at least three group mentoring sessions. There is a provision for three commissions of £150 each which will be awarded to members of the writers group and these commissions will be selected by the appointed writers. Plymouth Arts Centre have offered use of their space for the duration of the project.

As well as working with others, we would like a regular output from the appointed writers in residence – although what that might mean is up for negotiation. At a minimum there would be two articles published in Made in Plymouth – but we are looking for someone who is pro- active and will seek other outlets for their work.

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