Writers

INTERN OPPORTUNITY - 2022

At least six months beginning in March. Minimum 20-hour week.Remuneration to be negotiated but will exceed minimum wage commensurate with skill set and experience. 

The intern will assist in production of Galleries West, a digital magazine at www.gallerieswest.ca that has covered the visual arts in Western Canada and the North since 2002. 

Duties may include:

  • Editing and proofreading 
  • Writing news articles
  • Reviewing exhibitions
  • Obtaining digital images and copyright clearances
  • Posting social media items
  • Updating listings
  • Responding to emails
  • Assisting on other organizational tasks, as required

 We are seeking a candidate with post-secondary education and/or experience in journalism and/or critical writing, as well as an interest in and knowledge of the visual arts in Canada.

The successful candidate will have an excellent command of the English language and a working knowledge of Canadian Press style, as well as strong editing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple tasks on deadline. Familiarity with a variety of digital platforms is an asset. We are looking for a self-starter who collaborates well with minimal supervision and is able to work remotely from home.

 We welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 Candidates should be familiar with our guidelines for writers below.

 To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, along with three writing samples or links to published works to: editor@gallerieswest.ca.



Guidelines for Writers

Looking for articles by a particular writer? Enter the writer's name in the search box in the upper right corner of any page. Then click on Browse Topics and Names.

Galleries West welcomes pitches from previously published arts writers or emerging writers with a strong sense of the writing craft and a good knowledge of the visual arts. We encourage pitches from diverse voices, including BIPOC writers. 

Most of our stories and reviews relate to artists with exhibitions in Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) or the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), or significant exhibitions elsewhere that feature Western Canadian artists. We occasionally commission articles on more general themes.

We prefer to publish stories and reviews while exhibitions are on view and seek commentary sophisticated enough to engage arts professionals, but accessible to a general audience interested in the arts.

Please direct pitches to editor@gallerieswest.ca, briefly explaining the premise of what you want to write. Include links to relevant websites and a short description of your arts-related experience, as well as two samples of previous writing, either as PDFs or links.

We provide a Letter of Agreement stipulating the terms of the assignment. We typically commission stories and reviews of about 500 words for which we pay a flat fee of $300. Our deadlines are firm.

We ask writers to be transparent about potential conflicts of interest.


Some thoughts on arts writing (and writing in general)


Galleries West Editorial Guidelines

Galleries West serves readers and the public interest by providing a forum for reliable information and diverse commentary with an emphasis on accuracy, fairness and accountability

We fact-check our stories, credit the sources of information, and make prompt and transparent corrections when errors occur. 

Our writers are asked to disclose any conflicts that could be perceived as influencing coverage. We ask writers not to cover subjects in which they have a financial interest or people with whom they have close personal relationships. 

Commentators and reviewers are free to express their views, provided they meet journalistic standards for fairness and accuracy. 

Our writers may accept review copies of books and tickets for exhibitions and events they are covering, but do not accept other gifts of more than nominal value. 

In accordance with standard journalistic practices, we do not show unpublished drafts of articles to sources with an interest in the content. Nor do we share unpublished information, such as notes, emails and audio tapes of interviews, with those outside Galleries West.

We do not alter photographs, audio recordings or videos. We seek permission to use such materials and credit sources.


We acknowledge the support of the Government of Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, the Government of Canada Emergency Periodical Fund Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Alberta Government        Canada         Canada Council for the Arts