BY frieze in News | 16 MAR 23

Apply to the 2023 Frieze New Writers Programme in London, UK

A free art writing course for aspiring critics, which takes place in London in the summer


BY frieze in News | 16 MAR 23

Are you a new writer looking to develop as a critic? Are you interested in exploring different approaches to writing about art and searching for tips on how to get published?

Applications are now open for Frieze New Writers London 2023: a free-to-attend, three-day intensive course taking place from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July, where a group of aspiring writers will have the opportunity to develop their skills with support from the frieze editorial team and our wider network of art-world professionals.

In a series of workshops, the groups will be given practical advice on how and where to pitch, interview techniques and what makes a great profile or review. In addition, gallery and studio visits will provide participants with insights into the art world and the people who shape it.

The course is open to unpublished writers over the age of 18 from across the UK and Ireland. All participants will have full expenses covered, including travel, food and accommodation. Each participant will have their work edited by the frieze team, and there will be an opportunity for everyone to be published on  

The deadline for applications is: 12 midnight (BST) Friday 28 April 2023. Read on for details on how to apply.

This initiative is part of Frieze’s wider commitment to amplifying diverse voices within the art world. Frieze is committed to practicing anti-discrimination, including race, gender and disability, together with artists, writers and cultural practitioners from all backgrounds.

 If you have any further questions, be sure to check out our FAQ page. 


•    The course is free-to-attend and applications are open to all UK- and Ireland-based aspiring arts writers over the age of 18.

•    Writers should have published no more than one piece of art writing in print, or three pieces on online-only platforms.

•    The course will take place in central London from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July.

•    All participants will have unlimited access to the Frieze London Fairs from 10–14 October.

•    This course has been devised to take place in person; if you have access needs, please let us know in your application email so we can discuss them with you.

Applicants should submit:

•    One unpublished piece of writing, no longer than 350 words. This should be a review either of a recent art exhibition or an individual artwork.

•    A 150-word statement about why you are applying to the course and what you hope to gain from it.  

•    Applications should be sent to with the subject line ‘Frieze New Writers 2023’ and your full name.

•    Emails should include your full name, address and mobile number. The texts can be submitted either in the body of the email or as an attachment. We accept .doc, .docx, .txt and .pdf formats. Please don’t send images.

•    The deadline for submissions is: midnight (BST) Friday 28 April 2023. No entries will be considered if submitted after this deadline.

•    We will let participants know that they have been selected by Friday 12 May 2023.

•    We regret that we are not able to give feedback on unsuccessful applications, though you will be notified if you are not selected for the programme. 

Participants will be selected by members of the frieze editorial team.

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