The Double Negative x Liverpool Biennial – Open Call for Writers // Deadline: Monday 10 July 2023

Respire (Liverpool), 2023  © Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski and Gallery Wonnerth-Dejaco, Vienna 2_web

Writers wanted! The Double Negative is excited to announce its collaboration with Liverpool Biennial to commission a Merseyside-based writer to reflect on this year’s festival, uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things.

For Liverpool Biennial 2023, uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things, Liverpool Biennial and The Double Negative have collaborated to offer a paid opportunity for one Merseyside-based writer to develop a piece of critical writing in response to this year’s programme themes, ideas and debates.

Under-represented, early-career writers based in the Merseyside region are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will receive £500 to cover their writing time and visit to the Biennial, and will also receive mentorship from The Double Negative’s editors throughout the process. The nature of this mentorship will include back-and-forth support and feedback on the text, as well as the option of an additional advisory session.

Taking over unexpected and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries, Liverpool Biennial has been transforming the city of Liverpool through art for over two decades. The 2023 edition, uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things, is curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa and marks the organisation’s 25th anniversary.

How to apply:

-         Provide a short overview explaining what interests you about Liverpool Biennial 2023 (up to 150 words)

-         Why is the opportunity crucial to your development at this time? (up to 150 words)

-         Include an example of your writing / additional links / website / CV

Applications should be submitted via email to  by no later than 12pm on Monday 10 July. Applications should be submitted in either Word Doc / PDF format, as an email attachment, or WeTransfer. Emails should include the subject line ‘THE DOUBLE NEGATIVE X LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL OPEN CALL’.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from writers that meet the following criteria:

-        Living and working in Liverpool or wider Merseyside

-        Consider themselves emerging in their writing career (e.g. writing for between 1-3 years outside of any formal education)

-        There is no age limit, any age is welcome to apply

-        No formal education or qualifications are necessary

-        Are able to demonstrate a clear rationale for why they’d benefit from the opportunity

What is the selection process?

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel including Liverpool Biennial and The Double Negative.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 14th July.


Image: Respire (Liverpool), 2023 © Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski and Gallery Wonnerth-Dejaco, Vienna

Posted on 12/06/2023 by thedoublenegative