Disability Arts Online is looking for a freelance Guest Editor

Closing Date: 30 October 2018

Disability Arts Online

Location: Remote working

Remuneration: £2000 fixed fee + £700 commissioning budget


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In summer 2017, Disability Arts Online (DAO) successfully piloted our first guest editorship with Kate Lovell who had come to the organisation through our Viewfinder project. Reflecting on the role, Kate said:

“Working as guest editor for Disability Arts Online was a career highlight for me – I had always wanted the opportunity to edit professionally and the supportive, nurturing environment of DAO was the perfect way for me to experience this role. Having the autonomy to commission writers, to draw out important current themes and to influence the shape of the website was exciting, intellectually nourishing and has given me both inspiration and real-world experience for future aspirations of editing an arts publication.”

Through summer 2018 we offered Dolly Sen a freelance contract to guest edit DAO over a period of 3 months, in which she offered DAO her unique experience on the arts in relation to a range of art forms and issues but concentrating largely on the visual arts and mental health. Dolly said of the experience:

“Being guest editor of Disability Arts Online is like kidnapping a bunch of amazing artists on a psychedelic bus and letting beautiful art and writing be its destination. It helped me understand editing, disability arts, and collaboration at a much deeper level, and encouraged me to develop my voice and confidence.”

The idea behind rolling this programme out as a regular fixture in DAO’s calendar is to develop new editorial voices in the sector and bring fresh perspectives, new audiences and different approaches. We want this to challenge us, challenge our audiences and become a platform for experimentation, diversity and intersectionality.

We are currently looking to recruit a guest editor on a freelance basis to perform the role for DAO during the period from January to March 2019. We would be looking at the person coming into post in early December 2018 in order to plan and process the demands of the contract.


  • Write four pieces of content during the DAO Guest Editorship to be delivered between January and March 2019.
  • Commission 12 pieces of content to be published over several weeks during the same time period. This will include a mix of reviews, interviews and opinion pieces. Max budget £700. At least some of the commissioning budget should be spent on voices not previously published on DAO. Writers to invoice Disability Arts Online separately.
  • Identify any potential content for DAO’s showcase section, profiling artists not previously known on DAO.
  • Bring new audiences to DAO.
  • Work with the Audience Development Assistant to create and deliver social media activity over a four-week period.

DAO’s aims are to raise the profile of disabled artists nationally and internationally, deepen the engagement with disability arts from a diverse audience and to support disabled artists’ development through critical dialogue, training, information services, commissioning and showcasing opportunities.

We’d like you to bring a fresh perspective to Disability Arts Online bringing the potential to engage new audiences with the content that you create and commission. We are looking to hear from you what your angle would be on guest editing DAO. We are particularly interested in areas within arts practice where disability crosses over with other identities e.g. race, sexuality, gender, class.

What relevant experience have you had that could help us to fulfill our aim of deepening engagement with the arts from a disability perspective? What arts practice enthuses you in a way that could help foster critique and understanding of quality within disability and mainstream frameworks?

As much as our aim is to expand the critical dialogue around disability arts through this freelance work, we hope this contract will support the individual in developing useful insights in commissioning, editing and strategies for developing the sector.


  • Previous experience of arts writing/opinion.
  • An ability to bring in disabled artists/voices DAO hasn’t engaged with previously.
  • The ability to convey a clear editorial voice.


  • Previous experience of editing a journal or a blog.
  • Identify as a disabled / marginalised writer/ artist.
  • Fresh perspectives not usually seen in the media.

To apply

Please download and complete the attached application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Send it along with links to previous examples of your writing (and if applicable, arts practice) to work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk. Please note: we are not accepting CVs for this position.

If the application process is not accessible to you, please contact cathy@disabilityartsonline.org.uk to discuss how we can accommodate you.