A Letter from The Editor

The arrival of a new contemporary visual art and craft magazine for Scotland and the Far North is, I believe, something to celebrate. Such a print magazine is certainly long overdue, and the establishing of ART NORTH represents a significant commitment to put the visual arts of Scotland back where they belong. That is, at the very heart of the wider northern European arts scene, and considered in their international context alongside the cultural landscape of our northern neighbours in the Scandinavian and Nordic territories in particular. There is much that is mutually beneficial to us all in the founding of ART NORTH.

ART NORTH also represents something else, though – a means to facilitate the flow of information in both directions, between Scotland and her most northerly neighbours, as well as toward those urban centres where the arts are often assumed to flourish most, signalling that here in the shared territories of the north is a rich and varied cultural community, too: one that is just as deserving of critical attention from time-served critics and talented writers as any other. No artist should ever have to work in a critical vacuum, nor the achievements of so many northerly arts venues go unrecognised either.

With ART NORTH scheduled to make its appearance in spring 2019, our pre-publication website that you have arrived at here, will, I hope, serve as an encouraging insight into what is to come. It is also here to provide a means for you to engage with us here at ART NORTH in a variety of ways; whether you are an artist, craftmaker, arts professional, a reader-in-waiting or an advertiser wanting to target an audience that is passionate about the visual arts in Scotland and the Far North. As we bring this exciting new project to fruition, I look forward to hearing your views. Welcome to ART NORTH.

Editor’s Signature

Ian McKay

Ian McKay

Born 1962, Ian McKay is a writer, art critic, and cultural historian, with a keen interest in promoting the visual arts and crafts of the Northern Highlands. For over 25 years, he worked as a senior lecturer in art history and cultural studies, and has been writing on the arts, crafts and culture industries since the mid-1980s, His work has appeared in over thirty countries worldwide, being published by Cassell Illustrated, Wiley, Octopus, Free Association Books, Flowers, and State Media (among others). In addition he has written on environmental issues and social history, and is a leading authority on the work of the British modern artist Bernard Cohen. In 2010, Ian founded Hatchet Green Press, and offers a wide range of bespoke services to artists and writers via our Services page. He also maintains a visual art, craft, and culture Blog titled North-Northwest.