Disability Arts Online seek Two Freelance Guest Editors

Closing Date: 31 August 2020

Disability Arts Online

Location: Remote working

Remuneration: £2000 freelance fee, plus a budget for commissioning content and access features of editorial


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Disability Arts Online (DAO) has been supporting two guest editorships per year since August 2017 – opportunities for disabled artists to get practical experience of editing a digital arts magazine. The content for each guest editorship has been published over a month-long period, including 16 editorial pieces, interviews, reviews, showcases and podcasts. Over the past 4 months, we’ve been focusing more on multi-media content commenting on and exploring the arts from a wide range of perspectives.

Our last guest editorship with Sandra Alland in March/April 2020 was themed around art from LGBTQI+ practitioners versed in a wide range of artforms and representing different communities. Sandra came to Disability Arts Online with a commitment to integrated access, and to solidarity across disabled communities, something which echoes deeply with our core values.

Disability Arts Online’s guest editorship has become a regular fixture in DAO’s calendar with an aim to develop new editorial voices in the sector and bring fresh perspectives, new audiences and different approaches. Our guest editorships work to challenge us, challenge our audiences and become a platform for experimentation, diversity and intersectionality.

We are currently looking to recruit two artists of colour for two guest editorships, working on a freelance basis to take over the editorial output of the magazine during November 2020 or February 2021. We expect the person to come into the post at least six weeks before the first publication date in order to plan and process the demands of the contract.

We recognise the lack of representation of artists, writers and workers of colour within the disability arts sector and as an organisation DAO is on a journey, having made a firm commitment to exploring intersectionality in arts and culture and increasing representation from diverse communities at the start of our being funded as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in 2018.

At least 20 per cent of our output this year has involved either direct commissions or coverage of work by disabled artists of colour. We have one artist of colour within the small DAO team of five current salaried staff. We want to do better on an ongoing basis to increase representation in our freelance and salaried workforce.


• Produce four pieces of content during the DAO Guest Editorship to be delivered during the programme. As well as written content we are open to proposals for multi-media content within budgetary limits (these could be simple opinion pieces shot on a smartphone, or interviews carried out over Zoom, for example).
• Commission 12 pieces of content to be published, including a mix of reviews, interviews and opinion pieces with the option to host an episode of The Disability And…Podcast as part of the programme. Costs for producing a podcast and accessible features of the editorial content will come from a separate budget.
• Identify any potential content for DAO’s showcase section, profiling artists not previously known on DAO.
• Bring new audiences to DAO.
• Work with the DAO team 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 – this could include focussing on a particular artform, region or theme, such as environmental issues. 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 fulfil 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.


  • Identify as either a Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent writer/artist of colour.
  • Previous experience of arts writing/opinion/commentary.
  • An ability to bring in disabled artists/voices DAO hasn’t engaged with previously.
  • The ability to convey a clear editorial voice, either through written or broadcast journalism.


  • Previous experience of editing a journal or a blog.
  • Fresh perspectives not usually seen in the media.

To apply

Please download and complete DAO Guest Editorship Application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Along with the completed forms please send an email with links to your work, previous examples of your arts commentary (and if applicable, arts practice) to work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk. Include details of whether you’d prefer to start in September 2020 (for the guest editorship in November 2020 or if you’d prefer to start in December 2020 (for the guest editorship in February 2021). 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.