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Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine Seeking Editor


The Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine,  published biannually, with spring/summer and autumn/winter editions, is a cooperative project involving the four midland local authority arts offices of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. In publication since 2006, the magazine has become a popular addition to profiling Midland culture and arts, by facilitating and generating news, comment and critique on the rich diversity of creative activity and art making happening across the region.


The purpose of the magazine is to create a greater cultural awareness and profile of the Midlands to a local and national audience.

Audience and distribution

The 28th edition of the magazine was published in autumn 2017. It has a distribution of over 4,000 copies per issue. The primary audience for the magazine is the general public as well as arts communities in the Midland counties. It is available, free of charge, for ‘pick up’ in local authorities, libraries and arts venues across the Midlands. It is also stocked,  where possible , in local shops, bookshops, schools and cafes, though this varies from county to county. In addition, the magazine is mailed directly to other local authority arts offices, to the Arts Council and to arts organisations nationally, subject to resources.


Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine is overseen by the magazine’s editor who is appointed on a rolling basis, for a period of three years. Content of each edition is predominantly generated by each of the four partner county arts officers, who source and commission written copy and high resolution photographic images, that are largely based on current achievements and success stories across the Midlands. Well-known and emerging midland-based artists are profiled. Listings by local venues are not included, instead, venues are encouraged to submit articles about new projects and future plans.

The Role of the Editor 

We are seeking an enthusiastic editor with a knowledge and appreciation of the arts, who will project manage the publication including per issue: the publication cycle, layout, appearance and content of the magazine. The editor will direct the focus of a story or article, enhance the major points, draw attention to places where the audience should focus and eliminate what is non-essential. The editor will be responsible for the quality of content in the publication and ensure that stories are engaging, informative and relevant. The role includes:

  • Meeting clients and projects management (i.e. 4 x arts officers) prior to each of the two issues p.a.;
  • Directing and guiding the approach to content per issue (sent on in advance to inform our contributions); 
  • Overseeing the layout, design and content of all articles, to ensure material presented is clear, engaging and legible;
  • Specific suggestions to refresh the magazine viz., generating ideas for features;
  • Considerations on how to arrange / present content;
  • Committed to developing a young person’s section and content in Irish;
  • Rigorous editorial input over all copy provided, i.e., editing and re-writing articles and headlines, some of which may be rejected or returned to the writer for revision;
  • Writing the magazine’s editorial column per issue
  • Bring submitted copy to design/layout process within 2 weeks of receipt of it;
  • Selecting the feature articles for each issue with the publishers;
  • Proofreading all pages before going to print.
  • Arranging delivery of printed magazine to key locations.


The Tender

The budget allocation fee per year for the editor is circa €4,000. We welcome submissions by suitably qualified personnel to take on this editorial body of work twice a year Jan/Feb and Aug/Sept. Submission’s may be by individual editors or a collaboration of an editor and design/print team.

Please submit the following by hard copy only:


  • Expression of interest and tender for the project
  • CV with two referees
  • Hard copy examples of previous work
  • Breakdown of all costs including print/design.


Deadline and delivery

All tender related documentation must be submitted in sealed envelopes, clearly marked “Tender for editorial of the

Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine”, addressed to


Submissions should be submitted in writing on or before Monday 12th March, 2018 at 4 p.m. to

Westmeath Arts Office, Westmeath County Council, Aras and Chontae, Mullingar, Co Westmeath


No late tenders will be accepted. If posted, tender must be postmarked Friday, 9nd March, 2018 (from Ireland) to be accepted.

If hand delivered hours of business are Mon – Friday 9am to 4pm.

Queries are welcome by email to arts@westmeathcoco.ie


 Selection Procedure & Selection Panel

  • The tender evaluation will be carried out by a panel which will include representatives from Offaly, Laois, Westmeath and Longford County Councils
  • The team reserves the right not to engage an editor if none of the proposals received is deemed suitable. In this instance, we reserve the right to pursue a different process.
  • Tenders will be evaluated so as to select the most economically advantageous tender; however the lowest cost of any tender will not necessarily be accepted.

Interviews may be arranged following consideration of submission.


The selection criteria are listed below:

  • Clarity of proposal including  breakdown of cost;
  • Capacity of the editor to deliver;
  • Quality of the proposal presented including scope, subjects and overall discernment of the potential of the publication;
  • Suitability and feasibility of the overall approach in the context of the proposed project and the timeframes outlined. 

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 26/02/2018