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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Selection Procedure & Selection Panel
Interviews may be arranged following consideration of submission.
The selection criteria are listed below:
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 26/02/2018