So several of you sent me suggestions for the D.C.-Belfast young critics program, for which thanks. But today's news is that I've had guidance from one of the coordinators about how writers should apply. So take a minute and read this, willya?
1). If you sent me a résumé, I've already forwarded it. Still, it couldn't hurt for you to apply directly, with a cover note expressing your interest and explaining why you want to take part in the exchange. See below.
2). If you didn't send me a CV, don't. Send it instead to Sioned Hughes, whose address is Sioned.Hughes (at) visitingarts.org.uk, with a cover note as described above. Deadline is March 23.
3). Eligibility is limited to arts writers based in the D.C. area. See below. Contact Sioned for more information. But here's the basic overview. Enjoy:
"This programme will be run in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and will occur as part of the Rediscovering Northern Ireland Festival in Washington DC. The Young Critics Programme provides an opportunity for young writers from Northern Ireland to connect with their counterparts in Washington DC.
"Designed on the basis that a community of critical writers makes an essential contribution to democratic societies and a flourishing arts scene, the Young Critics Programme aims to create links between different cultures as well as contributing to the appreciation and development of arts criticism.
"During the programme, time will be spent in both Belfast and Washington DC, with the 6 participants attending a writing workshop, visiting galleries and attending a variety of performances. They will write reviews, discuss their work together, and explore the role of the art critic. Established arts critics will tutor the workshop.
"The week in Washington DC will build on the work done in Northern Ireland, with a similar programme of reviewing a variety of work, with the benefit of critic mentors from Washington DC. The dates for the programme are May 5 – 19, 2007, with everyone arriving in Washington on May 12th.
"There will be 3 participants from Northern Ireland and 3 from Washington DC. ... I would expect the candidates to have a demonstrable interest in the arts and to have already started their journalistic career in some capacity."