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News - 2nd of May 2023

Apply – PICA x Memo Writing Mentorship

Apply – PICA x Memo Writing Mentorship

PICA in collaboration with Memo Review invites expressions of interest from early-career arts writers based in Western Australia for a writing mentorship from June to November 2023. The selected writer will be mentored by a Memo Review Editor to develop and publish a feature article for Memo’s inaugural annual print magazine, launching November 2023.

This collaboration will form connections between the creative communities across Boorloo/Perth and Naarm/Melbourne, inviting dialogue between practitioners and ongoing professional connections, and enabling Memo’s platform to expand nationally to encompass arts criticism from Western Australia.


Applications close: 1 June 2023
Notifications: 13 June 2023
Mentorship dates: June – November 2023
First draft due: 1 September 2023
Magazine published: November 2023


The selected writer will be paid a fee of $1,500 for an article of approximately 2,000–3,000 words.

Applications are now closed

Applicants are invited to submit a writing sample (1,000 words maximum), a feature article pitch (200 words maximum) and a short statement on how your writing practice would benefit from this mentorship along with the application form. The editors are particularly interested in pitches with a WA focus.

Applications will be assessed by PICA and Memo Review editors. Selection will be based on the quality of writing and the potential for the mentorship to benefit the applicant’s writing practice.

Applications close: Thursday 1 June 2023, 5pm (AWST)

About the Partners

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Since 1989, PICA has delivered an annual program of changing exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, experimental theatre, new music and live art as well as a range of studio and professional development programs. PICA provides a safe space for risky ideas, encouraging artists and audiences to challenge themselves to better understand themselves and the world around them.

PICA’s mission is to create career-defining moments for artists, life-enhancing experiences for audiences, and critical turning points in the advancement of art forms. PICA is a resource, a gathering place, a provocateur and most importantly a partner in the realisation of timely conversations and new ideas.

Memo Review

Since 2017, Memo Review has been Melbourne’s only platform for weekly art criticism, arriving in your inbox each Saturday morning. In 2022, we expanded our reach north, publishing fortnightly reviews of exhibitions in Sydney and regional NSW. We publish reviews of a broad variety of art exhibitions at public art museums, commercial galleries and smaller artist-run spaces, offering critical perspectives from a new generation of Australian art scholars, writers and artists. Memo Sydney is generously supported by the Power Institute.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any assistance please contact:

Miranda Johnson
Public Programs Manager
(08) 9228 6300

Image: Jen Jamieson, This is not personal, 2020, photo: Daniel Grant