Work with GWL

Glasgow Women’s Library receives many requests and suggestions from partner organisations and individuals interested in working with us. Whether you’d like to collaborate on a talk, storytelling event, creative writing workshop, film screening, performance, or an exhibition, the best way to get in touch with us is to submit a proposal using our ‘Working with GWL’ application form.

Submitting your ‘Working with GWL’ form

Please complete our Working with GWL application form and return it to the relevant member of staff, or our Production Coordinator’s Farzane at and Mattie at and Development Worker for Programming and Curating, Caroline Gausden, at Your proposal will be reviewed at one of our three Programming meetings a year. We will then get back to you with feedback.

Guidelines and timeframes

Due to the logistical and operational challenges of the Covid-19 situation, GWL’s ‘Working With GWL’ process was paused from June 2020 to April 2021.

We have reopened the process and look forward to receiving Working With GWL Proposals. However, please note that we are still working to accommodate some partnerships and events that had been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. This means that our capacity to take on new partnerships is limited, and that our exhibitions programme is mostly planned until the end of 2022.

Generally our exhibitions programme prioritises artists who are commissioned by GWL or wish to engage specifically with our communities and collections. Exhibition runs are usually a minimum of 2 months, and we receive more proposals that we are able to take forward – so please be aware of this when applying.

We look forward to gatherings taking place again and are happy to consider in person programming for late 2021 onwards. We also intend to continue to programme virtual events and would be pleased to hear from you in your Working with GWL proposal what format, or formats, you feel is best suited to the event/partnership you are proposing.

Below you can download the Working With GWL application form; Guidelines to assist completing the form; our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan to connect your proposal to our EDI objectives; and our Environmental Policy to demonstrate how your proposal links to our environmentally conscious values and working practices:

Download: Working with GWL Form (Revised 2023)
Download: Working with GWL Guidelines
Download: GWL Equality Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2018-2021
Download: GWL Environmental Policy

Please submit your Working with GWL form at the times below to ensure that we can consider it for the relevant programme. The review schedule takes approximately 6 weeks from the dates below, after which we will be able to respond.

  • Summer programme (June to October) proposals required by 31st January
  • Autumn programme (October to February) proposals required by 16th May
  • Spring programme (February to June) proposals required by 12th September

Frequently Asked Questions

This blog post gives more details about the ‘Work with GWL’ process, what it is like to partner with us, as well as examples of previous projects and events which began with a ‘Working with GWL’ proposal.
Please be aware of the above dates when submitting your form, we are not able to assess forms out-with our Programming meetings except in exceptional circumstances.

Exhibitions are often programmed further in advance, so please be aware when submitting exhibition proposals, the more notice and flexibility the better for us to be able to consider your proposal. As of January 2022 our exhibitions programme is planned until late 2022.

Unfortunately, we cannot meet to discuss projects before a ‘Working With GWL’ form has been submitted. However, we may require to meet with you to discuss your proposal in further detail, this does not guarantee that we will be able to take your proposal forward.

Thank you for thinking of GWL in relation to your project, we look forward to hearing from you.

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