BY frieze in Frieze London | 12 JAN 24

Apply to the 2024 Frieze New Writers Programme in Vienna, Austria

Apply by Friday 16 February to attend our free art-writing course, in collaboration with Phileas – The Austrian Office for Contemporary Art and open to emerging writers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland

BY frieze in Frieze London | 12 JAN 24


Are you a new writer looking to develop as a critic? Interested in exploring different approaches to writing about art and searching for tips on how to get published? Applications are now open for the 2024 Frieze New Writers Programme in Vienna, Austria: a free-to-attend, three-day intensive course taking place from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April 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.

A series of workshops will offer practical advice on how and where to pitch, interview techniques and what makes a great profile or review. Gallery and studio visits will give participants insights into the art world and the people who shape it.

The course is open to emerging writers over the age of 18 from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Please note that the course will be conducted in English. All participants will have full expenses covered, including travel, food and accommodation.

Each participant will have their work edited by editors of frieze, with an opportunity for their work to appear on 

The deadline for applications is: 12 midnight (CET) Friday 16 February 2024. 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 aspiring arts writers based in Austria, Germany or Switzerland over the age of 18.
  • Writers should have published no more than three pieces of art writing in English. 
  • The course will take place in Vienna from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April.
  • The course has been devised to take place in person; if you have access needs, please let us know in your application email so that we can discuss them with you.

Applicants should submit:

  • One unpublished piece of writing, no longer than 350 words. This should be an English-language review 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.
  • The deadline for submissions is: 12 midnight (CET) Friday 16 February 2024. Entries will not be considered if submitted after this deadline.
  • We will let participants know whether they have been selected by 5 March 2024.
  • 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 and a representative from Phileas – The Austrian Office for Contemporary Art.


Phileas – The Austrian Office for Contemporary Art supports artists, curators, galleries and institutions in Austria and works to strengthen their presence on the international landscape of contemporary art. Through long-term partnerships with museums, biennials and art institutions around the world, Phileas enables the production and exhibition of new artworks and their donation to public collections. For more information, please see



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