Tate’s Research department is looking for freelance writers to help complete the online catalogue of works on paper of J.M.W. Turner in Tate’s collection.

Tate’s holdings of Turner’s works on paper, formed largely by the artist’s bequest to the nation, comprise c.37,500 works. Approximately 12,000 entries have been published to date in J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours. Divided into five sections covering different phases in Turner’s career, the online catalogue consists of thematic groupings of works, arranged chronologically and by subject. Entries on the groupings and individual works provide detailed commentaries, exhibition and publication histories, and information about the media and materials used. The entries are written according to well-developed project guidelines and fit with Tate’s online publishing templates.

Over the coming years Tate will need a number of authors to contribute to the project, working on different sketchbooks or groupings of works within the collection. Contributors would be contracted on a freelance basis, with fees agreed in relation to the numbers of entries to be written. The writers would need to be able to come to the Prints and Drawings Study Room at Tate Britain to inspect the works in question.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate in-depth art historical knowledge of the period (at post-graduate level), aptitude for object-based scholarship, and excellent writing skills. They should be available to undertake a substantial amount of work, typically over a period of several months (or longer).

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send an email to Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research (Jennifer.Mundy@tate.org.uk) setting out your qualifications, interest in the project, and your availability. Please attach your C.V. and relevant examples of scholarly writing.

Recruitment of freelance contributors to the J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours project will be undertaken periodically on an ongoing basis.