Tate’s Research Department is looking for freelance writers to research and write summary texts on works of modern and contemporary art in Tate’s collection.

Summary texts are succinct accounts of the making and meaning of works of art. The texts describe the physical constituents and structure of a work as well as how, where, when and why a work was made. In so doing they address the needs of Tate’s varied audiences for accurate information about works in the collection. They are also an important resource for Tate staff preparing displays and lectures, writing captions and answering public inquiries. Summaries are published on the individual work page within ‘Art and Artists’ on Tate’s website and are therefore available to a global readership.

Over the coming years Tate will need a number of authors to research and write summary texts on works of British and international modern and contemporary art in the collection, particularly recent acquisitions. Writers would be contracted on a freelance basis, with fees agreed in relation to the number of texts to be written. Tate cannot provide the writers with a place to work.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate in-depth art historical knowledge (at post-graduate level) in the fields of modern and contemporary art, aptitude for object-based scholarship, and excellent writing skills. A record of relevant research publications would be desirable, though not essential. Candidates should be available to undertake a substantial amount of work, typically over a period of several months (or longer).

If you are interested in writing summary texts for Tate please send an email to Christopher Griffin, Collection Research Manager (christopher.griffin@tate.org.uk) setting out your qualifications, interest in the work, and your availability. Please attach your C.V. and relevant examples of scholarly writing.

Recruitment of freelance summary text writers will be undertaken periodically from 2013 onwards.