Photo by Andrew Sikorski via Ainslie and Gorman

Scissors Paper Pen is partnering with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres to provide an emerging critic with an unprecedented opportunity to engage with new performing arts works. Ainslie and Gorman’s inaugural Ralph Indie program encourages innovation, experimentation and cross-disciplinary investigations in the performing arts by offering artists the space needed to explore bold and brave artistic ideas. Scissors Paper Pen is looking for an emerging arts critic under 35 years old to delve deeply into the Ralph Indie program and produce three considered, insightful pieces of writing about the works for initial publication on our website.

The selected writer will be provided with the following opportunities:

  • Double passes to the opening night of all three Ralph Indie productions;
  • Entry to all showings of each production in the season, including preview shows;
  • Opportunity to interview artists, and the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals (where appropriate);
  • Other opportunities to experience the development of works, as negotiated with the Ainslie and Gorman Creative Producer and artists;
  • Editing support and feedback from Scissors Paper Pen;
  • Initial publication on the Scissors Paper Pen website, with support to look for further publication opportunities;
  • Opportunity to work with Ainslie and Gorman’s marketing manager to pitch other work to various media organisations; and
  • Other professional development opportunities with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and Scissors Paper Pen as they may arise.

While Scissors Paper Pen and Ainslie and Gorman will provide support to the critic to access performances, the writer’s work will remain independent as this opportunity is about helping build critical writing capacity in Canberra. Please note that this is an unpaid professional development opportunity.

To apply for this program, please send in a short statement to writetoscissorspaperpen@gmail.com about why you would benefit from this opportunity along with a CV outlining your writing experience and a writing sample of no more than 1000 words, preferably a review or reflective non-fiction piece.

Applications are due by 5pm, 22 September. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 24 September.

The three inaugural Ralph Indie productions are Wiggle Room (27 September – 1 October), Anthems and Angels: the compassion plays (2 – 4 November) and Vinegar Tom (28 November – 4 December).


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