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.