COOP invites writers across the gender spectrum who are geographically located in the Southeast for a year-long pilot satellite writing residency. As cultural critics able to write about art in relevant ways, we encourage writers to approach their exhibition writing in a multitude of creative and/or poetic ways. Writers are free to explore multiple/hybrid/reflexive writing styles and approaches that resonate with the works and artists being shown over our robust programming season.

While residents are not required to live in the metro-Nashville area, they will be asked to be in communication with artists showing in the gallery as well with collective members on a regular basis. Writers should feel comfortable writing on a multitude of art practices and media from diverse perspectives that reflect the non-profit mission of COOP. They will be asked to prepare exhibition-ready texts that deeply engage with exhibiting artists and their work for publication materials, a year-end catalogue, and online platforms over the course of the year.

An artist-run collective and non-commercial space, COOP is committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art through programming which presents challenging, new, or under-represented artists/artworks. COOP creates a dialogue between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to exhibit, develop projects, and interact with the Nashville community. Through this writing residency, we hope to provide an opportunity for the writer to be in dialogue with the broader Nashville art scene as well as national conversations of cultural production at large.

Over the course of the satellite writing residency, writers will be:

  • Offered $125 per piece written
  • Asked to contribute between 500-1000 words for six solo exhibitions and one group exhibition over the 2020 calendar year
  • Engaged in working with artists closely
  • Deliver written materials to the gallery and collective members

Writers will not be asked:

  • To produce PR materials or promotional content (though you are welcome to if you so desire)
  • To live in the Metro-Nashville area, though are recommended to be present at openings or other programming
  • To produce programs throughout the residency year

Please send a CV and two writing samples (500-1000 words maximum) to
call@coopgallery.org by April 1, 2020.