Ground Work

An online art criticism journal dedicated to art encountered in or around Concordia University, published annually.

Get published and receive funding for your writing!

Call for Submissions


January 31st, 2019, 11:59PM

February 28th, 2019, 11:59PM

March 30th, 2019, 11:59PM

General Information

The Fine Arts Reading Room is proposing the online publication of an annual art critique journal. The aim of this publication is to foster a community of critical thinking within the Fine Arts community of students at Concordia University, located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory.


This is a chance to write about art that you encounter in or around Concordia University; be it works exhibited in gallery spaces (VAV Gallery, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, FOFA Gallery), works encountered in studio classes¹, or a fleeting moment outside of the EV building on St. Catherine St. that you deem “art”². Your writing can be in any format (stream of consciousness, poetry, prose), given that it enhances the text’s quality, and ensures a critical engagement with art and art criticism. Submissions may be accompanied by images, or may integrate visual elements, however, the focus of the publication is on critical writing.

¹If works that have been chosen to be written about are not ones displayed in galleries or vitrines, the artist in question must be consulted prior to the writing of the critique. 
²Just let us know what it is about that Dollarama plastic bag – stuck in the tree branch, vacillating with the wind – that makes it Art




Some Rules

  • Applicants must be Concordia Undergraduate Students, and must attend FARR AGMs
  • Students qualify for one Ground Work grant per academic year
  • Students who have received FARR Residency or Publication Grant funding are not eligible for the Ground Work grant
  • The FARR reserves the right to revoke funding should a proposal not be followed through.
  • Writing must be about art encountered in the recent past (one to two months prior)
    • Click here for a calendar of art events happening each month

Grant Information

  • Recipients receive a $75 honorarium for writing.
  • Suggested word count is 700 words.
  • For the 2018-2019 school year, proposals from the semester will be pooled and assessed by a jury at the end of the winter semester
  • A launch party of Ground Work will be held in Fall 2019 

For more information, feel free to email us at

Submit the application form and your written composition as a .pdf file