ART PRACTICE & RESEARCH RESOURCES
A thematic list of resources for art practice and research. For a comprehensive list of resources for curators please follow the link. Please click the headings for a drop-down list.
a-n The Artists Information Company Subscription-based resource that supports contemporary visual arts practice in the UK. Promotes conversation on critical and professional issues. Artists Interaction and Representation (AIR) identifies and explores issues that impact on artists’ practice and campaigns for artistic, legislative and economic measures. Publishes Guidance on fees and day rates for visual artists annually.
Artist-led initiatives support network ALISN delivers exhibitions, events, performances, open submissions, talks, residencies and art networking events. Fosters community and collaboration between artist-led and other art galleries and projects.
Artquest is a programme of University of the Arts London that provides practical support helping artists to make work, sell work, find work and network. Artquest runs a programme of events, talks and seminars on the critical elements of an artistic practice. Artquest Exchange is a professional network for artists with a range of features to help link you to relevant people and professional information. Artquest One to One provides free one-to-one advice for London-based artists. Artquest Crits are informal group crit sessions for artists.
Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and critically engages with science.
Art Licks provides a platform for under-represented independent cultural activities in London and promotes artist-run spaces, collectives, curatorial groups, exhibitions, performances, non-profit galleries and organisations through its weekly Events and Opportunities listing service. The Art Licks Weekend is an annual three-day festival of non-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects.
Artsadmin provides support, opportunities, advice, information and training for Live Artists through a programme of projects, events, awards and services.
Axisweb A subscriber resource for UK artists & curators, provides artists and art professionals with a platform to showcase their work, find work opportunities, stay informed and make useful connections. Features profiles of artists and curators, interviews, arts news and debate.
Common Practice is an advocacy group for the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London. The group aims to promote the value of the sector and its activities, act as a knowledge base and resource for members and affiliated organisations, and develop a dialogue with other visual art organisations. The group’s members represent a diverse range of activities including commissions, production, publishing, research, exhibitions, residencies and artists’ studios. Subscribe to the newsletter.
Critical Spaces is a free web-based platform for socially-engaged artists.
Contemporary Visual Arts Network National network of of regional networks in the UK. Opportunities, artist development and support, critical discourse, partnerships etc.
Live Art UK a consortium of venues, promoters and facilitators who are concerned with all aspects of the development and promotion of the Live Art sector.
Re-title.com is an information resource for emerging and professional contemporary art, providing directory and publicity services for internationally focused artists and galleries.
Situations Commissions and produces temporary and long-term public artworks, collective programmes and festival events and supports artists to experiment and innovate in spaces outside conventional arts venues. Public Art Now is a subsidiary public programme of discussions, publications and debates. Based in Bristol.
2.1 [OPPORTUNITIES, NEWS & LISTINGS]
A diverse list of newsletters and listings that feature opportunities for artists as well as exhibitions, news and other useful updates. For a complete list of event listings and information on how to submit your own please see the curating resources.
Art Daily current information on the art world. Features a series of stories covering art-related news and events internationally.
Art Monthly Newsletter includes an Opportunities section, featuring current job vacancies, exhibition opportunities, residencies, competitions etc. Send opportunities for inclusion to email@example.com. Submissions are free but not guaranteed. Art Monthly Listings is a searchable database of London, UK and International exhibitions and events. Art Monthly Calendar features upcoming art events.
Art Newspaper An online and print publication with news, reviews, interviews and commentary on the art world and the art market more specifically. The Art Newspaper Newsletter goes out every Thursday.
Art Rabbit UK and German gallery listings and events, user-generated guide to the contemporary art scene. Sign up to the Newsletter for London, UK, Berlin or New York, browse Events or Artist Opportunities.
Artist Open Calls is a free resource for artists by Jason Simpson. Visit the website to subscribe to the newsletter mailing list, join the Facebook group or support the project and help cover costs on Patreon. The project is also on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Linkedin. Send your open calls, residencies, artist opportunities to contact (at) artistopencalls (dot) art.
ArtLyst is a London-based network, art information website and virtual art gallery for new and emerging art, pop-up and temporary exhibitions. The ArtLyst publishing platform gathers news, reviews, resources, classifieds and articles.
Arts Forum Online The arts section of the Tower hamlets Council website. Subscribe to the newsletters or submit info for inclusion. The website also hosts a directory of Creative Industries based in Tower Hamlets, register as an artist or art organisation.
Arts Jobs & Arts News Two free e-mailing lists on vacancies & opportunities by Arts Council England. Subscribe to either Arts Jobs (paid opportunities) or Arts News (unpaid opportunities). You need to register to post a listing.
Arts Journal Digest of stories culled from the internet, including blogs, newspapers, magazines and publications on arts and culture.
Artupdate International art exhibitions, gallery maps, events and news.
criticalnetwork is a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily by a collective of practising artists based around the UK to promote critical and contextual art, events and discussion. Subscribe to the fortnightly e-bulletin or submit your event.
Daily Art Fair International database of major private gallery exhibitions and information, you can make a personal selection and set reminders.
e-flux Subscribe to art-agenda for announcements on exhibitions and projects at commercial art galleries, art fairs and magazines and/or art&education a newsletter on exhibitions, symposia and teaching positions at art schools world-wide.
London Agenda includes selected exhibitions, talks, courses and other events in London, as well as international deadlines . Sort the calendar by week, month & daily agenda, import individual events into your Google calendar.
new exhibitions of contemporary art exhibitions in London and the UK.
Re-title is an information resource for contemporary artists and galleries. It publishes three newsletters: the regular weekly newsletter, special announcements and artist opportunities bulletin. Submissions to the newsletter cost £20.
South London Art Map or Hub Arts Map is run by Bearspace in Deptford and covers South East London and the South East Coast. You can pick it up in a gallery or consult it online.
2.2 [JOURNALS & MAGAZINES]
For a list of journals on curating please see the resources for curators.
4Columns is a website of arts criticism aimed at a general audience that offers a view of contemporary culture, from film to literature to performance to the visual arts. Centered in the New York scene, 4Columns reflects the cosmopolitanism of today’s culture through the sensibilities of a similarly diverse group of contributors. It maintains meaningful distinctions between artistic disciplines while accommodating the hybrid nature of much contemporary practice. 4Columns nurtures excellence by compensating its contributors fairly.
Afterall is a research and publishing organisation founded in 1998 by Charles Esche and Mark Lewis at Central Saint Martins. Afterall Journal is published twice a year. Each issue of includes in-depth considerations of the work of contemporary artists, as well as essays on art history and critical theory. Afterall’s research activities focus on the value of contemporary art and its relation to wider society. Specialist research areas include Art Becoming Public, which addresses exhibitions, institutions and what happens when art becomes public and The Work of Art, which focuses on researching through the work of art. Afterall Publications include the book series Exhibition Histories, Critical Readers and others. Afterall Events includes screenings, workshops, seminars and conferences.
Art & Research An artist-led, peer-assessed open access e-journal focused on questions, contexts and methodologies of artistic research and practice, aims to inform current pedagogical thought in a global context. Art & Research welcomes submissions from artists, researchers, academics, critics and curators who engage with research in Fine Art practice and/or pedagogy.
Art Licks Magazine is written by artists, curators and gallerists, providing a discursive space to sound out new and experimental ideas and projects. Every issue features a new commissioned piece of work.
ART LIES Contemporary art quarterly founded in Texas that provides an international forum for the critical examination of artistic practice, theory and discourse.
Art Monthly UK monthly contemporary art magazine with interviews, profiles, reviews, coverage from independent critics, regular columns on artists’ books, new media, auction activity and legal issues. Talk Show is a regular radio show on contemporary art on Resonance FM. Read the art education special issue Art Monthly #320 (October 2008) and the sample issue Art Monthly #359 (September 2012) free online.
ART PAPERS Atlanta-based nonprofit independent critical journal covering contemporary art and culture. Provides an accessible forum for examining, discussing and documenting contemporary art and culture in print, online, and through public programming.
ARTMargins publishes scholarly articles and essays about contemporary art, politics, media, architecture and critical theory. Studies art practices and visual culture in emerging global margins and provides a forum for scholars and critics interested in art and politics in transitional countries and regions; post-socialism and neo-liberalism; and global art, art history and its methodologies.
ArtReview Magazine features a mixture of criticism, reviews, reportage and commissioned artworks. ArtReview publishes nine issues a year, including two special focuses: The Power 100 and Future Greats, artist books, regional art guides and supplements.
Bidoun arts and culture coverage of the Middle East, a platform for new questions, images, and ideas about the Middle East. Bidoun Projects include curatorial initiatives, educational programs, artist commissions, talks, tours, performances, books, an itinerant library and an online archive of avant-garde media.
BOMB Magazine A print quarterly publishing interviews between artists alongside artists’ essays, literature and portfolios. BOMB Daily publishes exchanges on artistic practice. The BOMB Archive is a searchable and relational online library of material generated by BOMB since 1981.
Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development features new work and interviews with contemporary artists, philosophers and scientists. Published by Urbanomic, an arts organization that promotes interdisciplinary research in contemporary philosophy, science and contemporary art practice. Other publications include monographs documenting and developing the projects and new work in contemporary philosophy.
CONTEMPORARY AND Platform for contemporary art from African perspectives.
Control Magazine documents the work of artists and encourages a discussion of practices that seek to create a social engagement with contemporary society. Published and edited by Stephen Willats. View Control Magazine in the Stephen Willats Archive, National Art Library, V&A Museum.
Crafts Magazine Magazine for Contemporary Craft, by the UK Crafts Council.
DIS Magazine is a post-Internet lifestyle magazine about art, fashion and commerce. Issues include The Data Issue (2015), and The Art School Issue (2012), other projects include DISimages (2013), a stock photography agency, DISown (2014), a commercial project on the status of the art object and dis.art (2018), a streaming platform for documentaries by artists and thinkers. DIS is a New York-based collective (Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro) that explores the tension between popular culture and institutional critique through exhibitions and online projects.
e-flux journal commissions essays on cultural, political and structural paradigms that inform contemporary artistic production.
FIELD Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism responds to artistic practices devoted to forms of political, social and cultural transformation. Practices driven by a common desire to establish new relationships between artistic practice and other fields of knowledge production, from urbanism to environmentalism, experimental education and participatory design. They often engage with movements for social justice and sites of resistance and activism in a desire to move beyond existing definitions of art and politics. As a result this work has been largely ignored by the most visible journals and publications. At the same time an often-problematic concept of “social engagement” has become increasingly fashionable in museums. The normative theoretical conventions and research methodologies governing contemporary art criticism are ill-equipped to address the questions raised by this work. FIELD is based on the belief that informed analysis of this practice requires the cultivation of new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge and a willingness to challenge the received wisdom of contemporary art criticism and theory. Edited by Grant Kester.
File Magazine features a broad selection of visual culture in the fields of graphic design, art, photography, fashion and moving image.
Fillip is a Vancouver-based publishing organization that was formed in 2004 to expand spaces for critical discussions on contemporary art. Through publications and a public programme, Fillip provides platforms for examining the relationship between art and society.
Flashart international bimonthly magazine and publishing platform that explores contemporary art. flashartonline.com featuring additional news, reviews and commentary.
Frieze Magazine on contemporary art and culture, includes essays, reviews and columns by writers, artists and curators. Other projects include Frieze Video, Frieze Art Fairs and Frieze/de a bilingual German/English magazine based in Berlin.
The Happy Hypocrite (2008-2020) founded and edited by Maria Fusco was a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing. Informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines, such as Bananas, Documents, The Fox, Merlin and Tracks, The Happy Hypocrite provided a testing ground for new writing and research-based projects, somewhere for artists, writers and theorists to express experimental ideas that might not otherwise be realised or published.
INAESTHETICS is a biannual Journal for art and philosophy edited by Wilfried Dickhoff and Marcus Steinweg. Each volume is dedicated to a specific subject with original contributions by philosophers, scientists, poets and visual artists.
Intellect an independent academic publisher in the fields of creative practice and popular culture.
Interartive An online monthly journal and a cultural association that produces off-line projects, an platform for criticism and reflection on contemporary art and thought.
Jackdaw satirical, critical, vitriolic magazine on the contemporary art world, by formerly editor of ArtReview David Lee.
JAWS (Journal of Arts Writing) A journal for peer to peer engagement and research, published for and by art students. The first academic arts journal produced by, and dedicated to, current students. Provides students with experience of writing for an academic journal (essential component of PhD study or academic career) as well as circulation and recognition of their research. A forum for commentary and discussion of pedagogical issues and relationships, writing must consider counter discussion. JAWS invites visual documentation of projects, especially those related to practice as research.
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (JOAAP) Los Angeles based artist collective whose magazine sits at the discursive juncture of fine art, media theory and anti-authoritarian activism. JOAAP began publishing a competing discourse in response to late ‘90s art discourse that was dominated by capitulations or reactions to the regressive rhetoric of beauty.
Kaleidoscope is an international quarterly of contemporary art and culture with an interdisciplinary approach.
Krisis is an open access online journal in English and Dutch, it provides a platform for articles that discuss issues in contemporary social, political and cultural thought. Krisis aims to provide a platform for philosophers and theorists working in the Netherlands.
n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal A biannual journal that features art theory and criticism from a feminist perspective and the work of women artists since the 1970s. n.paradoxa was founded by editor Katy Deepwell as an online journal in 1996, the print journal was established in 1998, these parallel editions ran with entirely different content until 2010. Each volume focuses on a particular theme and includes feminist art criticism and interviews with artists. Katy Deepwell founded KT press, a not-for-profit publishing company, to publish the journal and books on feminist art in 1996. The website also hosts the Feminist Art Observatory, an online resource on feminist art and women artists.
New Formations A journal of interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. Publishes original work from any discipline which explores the uses of cultural theory for the analysis of political and social issues, or bears directly upon current debates within cultural theory, cultural studies, or the wider critical humanities or social sciences. Combines experimentation and interdisciplinarity with a commitment to support less established scholars. L&W also publishes Soundings, Renewal, Anarchist Studies and Twentieth Century Communism which engage critically with contemporary political culture. They also publish free-to-view online books on contemporary politics, including Regeneration and The Neoliberal Crisis.
nonsite.org is an online peer-reviewed quarterly journal of scholarship in the humanities with editorials and reviews on theoretical topics – the ontology of the work of art, the question of intentionality, the ongoing appeal of different materialisms. Also features the Tank a forum for comment on provocative new scholarly work.
October Art criticism and theory that engages with contemporary arts and their various contexts of interpretation. Established 1976 in New York to introduce poststructural theory to the American art world. Editors: Rosalind Krauss, Annette Michelson, George Baker, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Leah Dickerman, Devin Fore, Hal Foster, Denis Hollier, David Joselit, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Mignon Nixon, and Malcolm Turvey. October Books was founded in 1989 to provide a forum for critical engagement with crucial moments in the development of the historical and contemporary avant-gardes. October Files addresses work of the postwar period that have altered our understanding of art in significant ways that prompted critical discourse. Essays that elaborate different methods of criticism, often in dialogue with one another and sensitive to political context and historical change.
Orlando is an independent platform focusing on the visual arts and its intersections with cultural criticism and sociopolitics, with a particular investment in feminist and queer politics. Working within the margins of fluidity and empathetic evolution, Orlando eschews binaries in favour of the radical and united body. The print magazine is thematic and published annually. Orlando welcomes submissions and/or potential opportunities regarding events, exhibitions, or publication projects.
paper visual art Online journal of art criticism that aims to create a forum for the publication of engaged, accessible writing on art topics that aren’t being addressed elsewhere. Based in Dublin and Berlin.
Parkett periodical published twice a year in English and German which features monographic artists’ portraits with a signed and numbered edition, texts and essays.
PUBLIC is a Canadian interdisciplinary journal with a core focus on visual art. It is committed to publishing work that is innovative and challenging, forward-thinking and critical, and engage both internationally and locally inflected perspectives. The journal devotes each issue to a contemporary problem or theme and features content that combines critical writing and artist portfolios. PUBLIC is a hybrid forum that investigates how theoretical and critical issues intersect with art and public culture. Contributors—consisting of Canadian and international artists, scholars, and curators—provide in depth and rigorous contribution on issues, themes and concerns within contemporary culture and the arts.
Radical Philosophy is a UK-based journal of socialist and feminist philosophy, the first issue of which appeared in January 1972. It was founded in response to the widely felt discontent with the sterility of academic philosophy at the time, with the purpose of providing a forum for the theoretical work which was emerging in the wake of the radical movements of the 1960s, in philosophy and other fields.
/seconds. an online publishing project edited by Derek Horton and Peter Lewis with an international editorial and advisory board of academics, artists and curators.
Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics is a Norwegian-English quarterly which investigates the possibilities of artists and art scenes worldwide to reflect and influence their local political situation. Seismopolite highlights artistic strategies that stimulate new trajectories in precarious socio-political situations and contributes to a critical attentiveness to the art market and art’s relation to neoliberal geopolitics.
Site Magazine (Stockholm) is a journal for contemporary art, architecture, cinema and philosophy. SITE Editions is a series of essays on political philosophy and aesthetic theory, SITE Project is a series of artists’ projects.
SITEmagazine (Düsseldorf) is an exhibition in printed format contributions. Each issue is a compilation of artists’ contributions and adds to the ongoing series of publications. It aspires to butt in the world of media, publication, interpretation and contextualization. Site also produces exhibitions and artists’ editions.
SPIKE Art Quarterly is published in Vienna and aspires to independent art criticism via an interweaving of theory and the world. Other activities include curatorial projects, Fruits Flowers & Clouds art fair, Speak & Spell performance series, Spike Unplugged lecture-performances and Spike parties.
Studio International magazine on visual art, design and architecture. Studio International was an illustrated contemporary art magazine published in London. In 2000 it was relaunched as an e-magazine.
Tate Etc. Magazine uses Tate collections, events and projects as starting points to explore the visual arts scene.
TEXTE ZUR KUNST is a contemporary art quarterly magazine in German and English with essays on contemporary art and culture, interviews, roundtable discussions and reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory and cultural politics. Each issue features an artist’s edition. Founded by Stefan Germer and Isabelle Graw in Cologne, currently based in Berlin.
The Enemy is a triannual online journal that invites writers, artists, thinkers, and activists to present essays and projects outside the mainstreams of their own practices and disciplines. The Enemy hopes to juxtapose established scholars with new voices, and to include known figures alongside students, intellectuals and polemicists. The Enemy is, and will seek to remain, free and untethered by commercial support or institutional expectations.
Third Text is an international journal dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary art. It was originally set up to dislodge the dominance of western art discourse in the art world.
Transversal is a multilingual web journal that is part of Transversal Texts, an experimental site for publishing books in multiple languages and a blog on current news on social movements, art practices and political theory. Published by the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp).
Variant free arts and culture magazine with a cross-disciplinary approach to publishing that brings creative practices and academic discourses together to critically engage the conditions of culture. Variant commissions and develops research/ writing that addresses the fields of cultural production alongside writing on issues that inform or have consequences for the production and subjects of knowledge. Publication has been suspended until further notice but the archive is available online.
X-TRA a critical quarterly art journal that provides an outlet for projects related to contemporary visual arts, with features, historical essays, commissioned artist’s projects, interviews and exhibition and book reviews. The archive is available online for free. In tandem with Project X Projects, X-TRA produces Artist’s Editions, books and events. The editorial board is composed of Los Angeles-based artists and writers.
2.3 [REVIEWS & BLOGS]
Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution contemporary art blog by curator Pablo Leon de la Barra. centrefortheaestheticrevolution.blogspot.co.uk
Claire Bishop archive of Claire Bishop’s publications, articles, talks, conferences, reviews, podcasts etc. Claire Bishop writes about participation, she is currently based in the History of Art department at CUNY Graduate Center, NYC. clairebishopresearch.blogspot.com
Contemporary Art Daily a daily journal of international exhibitions, curated programming and the development of archives. contemporaryartdaily.com
Continental Drift a blog on geopolitics by Brian Holmes, based on a series of seminars with the New York reading group 16 Beaver Group. brianholmes.wordpress.com
Critical Legal Thinking is a platform for critical legal scholars and allies to publish theoretically informed comment and analysis on law and the political. They invite submissions that resonate with their founding purpose. criticallegalthinking.com
Criticismism a journal of art and ideas by Mark Sheerin based in Brighton, includes a weekly round-up of links to art-related stories. criticismism.com
dbfreee is a blog by Dave Beech, an artist, writer, lecturer, a member of the Freee art collective. He teaches at Chelsea College of Art and writes for Art Monthly. dbfreee.wordpress.com
FramingArK Artists framing architecture(s), an archive of art work and architecture by Fabritzio Gallanti. framingark.blogspot.co.uk
Hyperallergic coverage of art and its discontents, a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture. hyperallergic.com
Lenin’s tomb a blog by political activist Richard Seymour and other revolutionary socialists on British domestic and international politics, political history, imperialism, Islamophobia and anti-capitalism, covers strikes and protests. leninology.co.uk
MachineMachine website of writer, artist and academic Daniel Rourke. machinemachine.net
Paul’s Art World ten recommended contemporary art shows in London by Paul Carey-Kent, former editor of Art World magazine. paulsartworld.blogspot.com
This Is Tomorrow an archive of contemporary art exhibitions around the world. thisistomorrow.info
The White Pube “…is the collaborative identity of Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad under which we write criticism… We started writing about art ourselves because everything else was boring/overly academic/white nonsense////and can u be arsed reading one more thing by an old white man because i CANNOT. When we write about exhibitions, the review is a personal reaction; a record of an encounter with an aesthetic experience… we use our position to call out the bullshit…”. Reviews are posted every Sunday, check out Art Thoughts for links to some their (and our) favourite texts on How To Get An Exhibition and wanting to do something but not having the funding to make it happen. Submit your own writing to the open White Pube Library or make a proposal for the White Pube web residency. thewhitepube.co.uk
Bad at Sports a weekly podcast on the practice of artists, curators, critics, dealers and art professionals. Guests have included Rodney Graham, Kerry James Marshall, Francesco Bonami, David Robbins, Carol Becker, James Rondeau, Jeff Wall, Hamza Walker, Lane Relyea, Michelle Grabner, Gavin Turk, Julian Myers. badatsports.com
Radio Web MACBA a nonprofit online radio project by MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona). Includes four podcasts: SON[I]A (information on activities at MACBA), SPECIALS (projects by artists and curators at MACBA), CURATORIAL (Sound Art), RESEARCH (Avant-gare Composition). rwm.macba.cat
Studio Visit interviews with contemporary artists, musicians, writers and graphic novelists. Broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, available in podcast format. Produced, edited and presented by writer, broadcaster, musician and curator Morgan Quaintance.
3.0 [DIGITAL ART, VIDEO & TECHNOLOGY]
CRUMB Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss: curating, exhibiting, archiving or interpreting new media art (net.art, interactive installations, digital video etc.) Subscribe to the CRUMB web site list NEW-MEDIA-CURATING@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Culture Hack is a digital development programme for arts and culture that enables the creation of digital prototypes and new working relationships across the arts, technology and the creative industries.
Curating Video a research project on the relationship between curating video and the politics of social and architectural space.
Curatorial Resource for Artists’ Moving Image includes resources and guides on research, project management, audience and interviews with media curators.
Digicult is a cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and sciences on the arts, design, culture and contemporary society. Subscribe or post to the newsletter.
Electronic Arts Intermix a nonprofit agency and resource for the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art. The Catalogue is a searchable database with materials on the artists and works in the EAI video art collection. The Resource Guide addresses key issues relating to single-channel video, computer-based art and media art installations, including equipment and technical guidelines and interviews with media art experts etc.
Feral File is a space for the new media community to co-create the future of art making, exhibiting, and collecting.
Film London film and media agency that promotes screen industries based in London, includes FLAMIN Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network and Film London Directory a database of locations, crew and facilities. Register and subscribe to the newsletters.
Furtherfield creates online and physical spaces and places for different kinds of people to come together to get involved with contemporary arts and digital technologies. Furtherfield website hosts discussion and critical review. Furtherfield Gallery hosts exhibitions and pop-up up events and Furtherfield Lab is a technology and community space for discussions, workshops and informal residencies. They host exhibitions, experimental residencies, experiences, reviews, discussions and workshops.
London Hackspace is a non-profit hackerspace in London: a community-run workshop where people come to share tools and knowledge.
LUX is an arts agency for the support and promotion of selected artists’ moving image practice. It subsumed and displaced the London Film-makers’ Co-op. The LUX Video archive is an exclusive collection of artists’ film and video that you can watch online. Subscribe to the newsletter for information on events and opportunities or submit a listing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Hackspace is a place for artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and hobbyists passionate about music and technology, organises weekly events.
Nettime a mailing lists for networked cultures, politics, and tactics.
Old Boys Network (OBN) is the first international Cyberfeminist alliance founded in 1997 in Berlin. The network keeps changing due to changing members. OBN is a real and a virtual coalition of Cyberfeminists. Under the umbrella of the term ‘Cyberfeminism’, OBN contributes to the critical discourse on new media, especially focussing on its gender-specific aspects.
Rhizome is a non-profit organisation which supports contemporary art that creates richer and more critical digital cultures. Re-thinks artistic creation, distribution and reception in relation to changing conditions associated with network technologies: shifting attentions, uncertain objects, multiple authors, casual labors.
UK Hackspace Foundation is a non-profit, community organisation dedicated to coordinating hackerspaces in the UK.
4.1 [RESEARCH TOOLS, NETWORKS & PROJECTS]
Academia.edu is a social networking website for academics to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field.
Art and Criticality is a research project organised by Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate Schoo, with the ICA and Lisson Gallery.
Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art A contemporary art research community for graduates and staff, it provides a forum for participants to present work in progress and fosters interdisciplinary exchange with other institutions. Run by the Art History department at UCL.
eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies) A network of European cultural and art institutions with the aim of jointly realizing art projects and organizing discursive events.
European Artistic Research Network (EARN) was established to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.
FORMER WEST is a research, education, publishing and exhibition project in contemporary art and theory that reflects on the changes introduced by the events of 1989. Includes interviews, educational activities, research projects, lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibitions and major public events. The Research Library is a selection of catalogues, monographs, art theory, cultural studies, theory, postcolonial studies, political history, geopolitics and other fields that contribute to charting the shifts in contemporary art and intellectual debates since 1989.
Gateway to Research (GtR) was developed by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) to enable users to search and analyse information about publicly funded research for innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), enabling easy access to information; it will also be of interest to other users, such as academic institutions and the general public.
Institute of Network Cultures (INC) Analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. Their projects evolve around digital publishing, alternative revenue models, online video and design, digital counter culture.
Mendeley Reference Manager Free web and desktop reference management software for recording and utilising bibliographic citations and managing project references. You can store, organise and search references, generate bibliographies, read, highlight and annotate PDFs, keep notes across multiple documents in one place and collaborate with others by sharing references and ideas.
Monoskop is a wiki for collaborative studies of art, media and the humanities and an archive of media and documents. monoskop.org
or-bits.com is an online curatorial project, a platform for the production, display and distribution of commissioned artwork and critical writing.
Precarious Workers Brigade (PWB) are a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture and education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity. Our praxis springs from a shared commitment to developing research and actions that are practical, relevant and easily shared and applied. If putting an end to precarity is the social justice we seek, our political project involves developing tactics, strategies, formats, practices, dispositions, knowledges and tools for making this happen.
SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
Society for Artistic Research (SAR) A non-profit organisation that connects and disseminates artistic research, facilitates encounters for artistic practitioners. It hosts the Research Catalogue (RC), an inclusive, open-source, searchable database of artistic research and the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), which facilitates discourse in the artistic research community and provides access to artistic research.
Stuart Hall Library is Iniva’s special collections Library at Rivington Place, Stuart Hall Library Research Network is a meeting place for discussion of practice-based or conventional forms of research that may include: curatorial practice, visual art, film and media, cultural studies, cultural activism, postcolonial studies, literary studies, criticism and theory.
Zotero Free and open-source reference management software for bibliographic data and research materials, such as PDFs. It helps collect, organize, cite and share research. Features include word processor and web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies. Produced by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
4.2 [ARCHIVES, COLLECTIONS & DATABASES]
AAAAARG is an online PDF repository and discussion forum. Originally an acronym of Artists, Architects, and Activists Reading Group created by the artist Sean Dockray as a conversation platform to develop critical discourse outside of institutional settings, at different times it performs as a school, or a reading group, or a journal. AAAAARG serves as a library for The Public School, a framework supporting autodidact activities. AAAAARG grew into a community of researchers and enthusiasts from contemporary art, critical theory, philosophy and related fields who maintain, catalog, annotate and run discussions relevant to their research interests. See also the aaaaarg library on Are.na.
a-n magazine Archive of a-n magazine which featured critical commentary and contextualisation of contemporary art exhibitions and events 1980-2012.
Academic Torrents A distributed system for sharing enormous datasets – for researchers, by researchers – a scalable, secure and fault-tolerant repository for data, with fast download speeds.
Artsy a resource for art collecting and education.
British Library main page with links to catalogues, collections, research, services, etc.
British Newspaper Archive an archive of newspaper pages from the British Library collection.
The Deleuze Seminars is data rescue project that publishes English translations of seminar lectures by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995), delivered at the University of Paris between 1971 until his retirement in 1987. The project is a continuation of work already undertaken by Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) (French National Library) and the University of Paris 8 at Vincennes/St. Denis.
e-flux video & film is an archive of conversations, lectures, and symposia recorded at e-flux since 2010. The platform also presents new work and streams events in real time.
Endnote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles, free if you’re affiliated with an institution.
Feminist Art Observatory An online resource on feminist art and women artists. Hosted by KT press, a not-for-profit publishing company, founded in 1996 by Katy Deepwell to publish n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal and books on feminist art.
Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several Getty archives, including collections databases, library catalogues and collection inventories for researchers, scholars and educators.
Goldsmiths Library main page with links to the catalogue, collections, online journals and access info.
Google Art Project a collaboration between Google and art institutions around the world, view artworks at incredible zoom levels and create your own gallery.
Guggenheim Library Collection is a digitised collection of rare and out-of-print exhibition catalogs and other art books from the Russian avant-garde to Aztec art. The collection is hosted on the Internet Archive, books can be viewed online or downloaded in various formats.
Internet Archive a non-profit established to build an Internet library, offers access to historical collections that exist in digital format for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities and the public, based in San Francisco.
JSTOR Digital repository of academic journals, books & primary sources.
Leftmatrix Curatorial Studies Research Library provides cross-referenced links between artists, catalogues, books, periodicals, audio and video works, as well as listing ephemera, artists books, multiples and posters for individual artists. Emphasis on 1960s, 70s & 80s artists and catalogues which address political and social issues.
Louisiana Channel publishes features and interviews on visual art, architecture, literature, music and design beyond the museum’s own exhibition program and events. Hosted by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark as a public service.
LSE Digital Library contains digitised material from LSE Library collections and material that has been collected and preserved in digital formats.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Book titles from the collection with full-text online.
Open Culture 600 Free eBooks, includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Rijksmuseum Collection & Library Explore or search the collection database or the library catalogue.
Sci-Hub Online repository of pirated research papers, provides public access to tens of millions of research papers that amount to more than two-thirds of all scholarly articles.
Tate Collection Data Tate has published the dataset of its collection and archive holdings. The published dataset contains concise catalogue entries for work in the Tate collection. Records from the Tate Archive are added as they are digitised and published in the Art & artists section. The dataset is available to download from Tate’s GitHub page along with notes on the data format. See also Museum 2.0’s What Open Data Makes Possible, Rob Myers’ Tate Data Visualization and Jason Bailey’s Artnome project.
UBUWEB is an archive and distribution centre for hard-to-find, out-of-print and obscure audio/visual material (film, performance etc.) transferred digitally to the web.
UAL Library Services main page with links to individual college libraries.
University for Strategic Optimism blog archive.
VVORK archive of blog by Aleksandra Domanovic, Oliver Laric, Christoph Priglinger and Georg Schnitzer.
Alternative art education, short courses, reading groups, peer support groups, forums and blogs. For a comprehensive list of alternative art schools, peer support groups, networks and projects please visit the page on Alternative Art Education.
AltMFA is an alternative Master of Fine Art course established by artists for artists as a free alternative to studying a university-based MA in London. The course has no fixed premises; the programme takes place in a range of private and public venues.
Art&Education distributes information about exhibitions, publications and symposia in educational contexts, as well as teaching positions in art schools world-wide, subscribe here for the Art&Education mailing list. School Watch presents distilled perspectives on degree programs in the arts, with interviews, critical texts and editorials on MFAs, Masters, Doctorates and certificate programs in fine arts, art history, curatorial, cultural and film studies.
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) aims to engage with important public issues, fostering and promoting a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among academics and researchers. Most BIH events are free and open to the public, see the events calendar or sign up to the newsletter.
Camden Arts Centre Short courses for all ages on a number of different subjects and disciplines, check the website for updates.
Research & Graduate School at Camberwell Chelsea and Wimbledon Includes links to public events such as the General Theory Forum and others.
E-flux Conversations Open forum on artistic and social ideas, allows for participation from any user as well as specialized discussion moderated by resident editors. conversations.
Evening Class is a self-organised design education experiment, consisting of 19 participants from various cultural and educational backgrounds. It is a flexible environment where participants can cultivate common interests, develop their research and collectively shape the class’s agenda.
Goldsmiths MFA Facebook group for MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths.
Lecture List Moderated listing service for lectures in the UK.
London Critical Theory Summer School Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
London Materialisms Reading Group Regular meetings to discuss a range of posthuman, new materialist, speculative realist, actor-network and object-oriented understandings that foreground the materiality of life and its governance. Open to all.
London Sculpture Workshop is a non-profit, community interest based company that offers the use of metal, wood, mould-making and ceramic workshops in an open-access membership scheme. They also offer courses in technical and skill based including welding, casting, mould making etc.
MFA Fine Art Lectures is a weekly critical studies lecture from a range of thinkers and writers, which aims to expose the students to cutting-edge ideas in contemporary art, philosophy and cultural theory. These lectures are open to all.
New Centre for Research & Practice is a non-profit, higher education institute offering graduate-level certificate programs, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, residencies and conferences in Critical Philosophy, Social & Political Thought, Curatorial Practice and Transdisciplinary Research & Practice. Based in Michigan, USA.
Open School East combines a free study programme for emerging artists with a programme of events and activities open to all.
Q-Art runs organises crits and workshops and produces books and videos on art education. Q-Art aims to break down the barriers to art education and the contemporary art world and support the networking and development of early career artists.
School of The Damned A free, artist-led postgraduate art course run by and for its students. It was founded as a reaction to the increasing financialisation of higher education. The school is decentralised and seeks to include and unify artists across the UK. The group meets once a month for the core programme. Each year re-writes the manifesto written by the previous year. By the end of the year, students in the school have been administrators, promoters, assessors and the passers-on of their experiences and contacts to the following year, taking on every role it takes to run a school. The students organise and collaborate on exhibitions, meetings, talks, interviews, workshops, which form part of the programme. The student body selects guests to attend the monthly critique sessions. Guests are remunerated through the School’s Labour Exchange Programme. Each year group is selected by the previous year group through an open call.
School Watch presents distilled perspectives on degree programs in the arts, with interviews, critical texts, and editorial exposés on MFAs, Masters, Doctorate and certificate programs in fine arts, art history, curatorial, cultural and film studies and other related areas.
TEXT2SPEECH, ICA Student Forum Informal reading group, check the ICA website for updates.
TOMA (The Other MA) is an alternative art school for those who don’t have access to current MA courses. Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary working artists TOMA is a space to work and develop practice within a critical framework for postgraduate level. It provides a programme of learning that benefits the practice of artists. A socially engaged model, which works as an artist led co-operative, TOMA takes on parts of the structure of a standard art MA, but is also responsive to its artists. Participants directly steer the study programme, choosing those who comes to teach on it and the topics explored.
6.1 [PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES]
Art Monthly Newsletter includes an opportunities section, featuring current job vacancies, exhibition opportunities, residencies, competitions etc.
Art Workers’ Guild Founded in 1884 by architects and designers on the principle of “learning by doing”. Operates as a club whose members are referred to as Brothers. The objectives of the Guild are to “advance education in all the visual arts and crafts by means of lectures, meetings, demonstrations, discussions… and to foster and maintain high standards of design and craftsmanship in all branches of the visual arts and crafts in any way which may be beneficial to the community”. To become a member you must be nominated and seconded by existing members.
Artquest Artlaw Free legal resources and information for visual artists.
Artist Rights answer some of the questions about protected vs. unprotected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, speech regulated for its content or viewpoint, contracts and copyright and fair use.
Artists’ Union England England is a trade union for professional visual and applied artists. Provides professional support, including insurance, legal and tax advice, training and resources.
ArtLyst is a London-based network, art information website and virtual art gallery for new and emerging art, pop-up and temporary exhibitions. If you would like to exhibit on Artlyst, send them a link to your webpage: email@example.com.
Arts Hub Jobs, careers and news for the arts and creative industries. Subscribers get access to ArtsHub’s arts jobs classifieds and arts news service.
Arts Professional UK arts management magazine with features, jobs and specialist news stories such as changes in law, technology and policy. Promotes arts organisations, practitioners, jobs and activities, provides a discussion forum and regular events for art professionals.
Artsjobsonline Features arts jobs in the UK and Ireland. Free for jobseekers.
Culture360 Grants, funding, residencies and jobs focusing on cross cultural exchange between Asia and Europe.
GYST-Ink is an LA-based artist-run company/art project by Karen Atkinson, providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists. GYST–Ink is dedicated to empowering and educating artists so that they can develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms.
National Museum Directors’ Council Search for jobs at UK national and major regional museums, libraries and archives.
Opportunities Creative Scotland Information about creative jobs and other opportunities in Scotland and beyond, sign up for weekly email updates. opportunities.
The Dots Showcase your work and search for jobs, a social network for the creative industry.
6.2 [ARTISTS’ FEES & BUDGETS]
a-n Artist’s fees toolkit A step-by-step process to help artists calculate their daily rate and prepare quotes for freelance work, written by Richard Murphy. a-n also publishes the Guidance on fees and day rates for visual artists, which is updated annually. .
Artists’ Union England Rates of Pay Guidelines on artists’ rates of pay for artists and their employers..
Artquest Artists fees provides information and resources on artists’ fees and project budgets.
DACS is a visual artists’ rights management organisation, they collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates through three rights management schemes: Payback, Artist’s Resale Right and Copyright Licensing. DACS Knowledge Base contains information about copyright law.
HM Revenue and Customs Offers advice on national insurance, tax, VAT, regulations on importing and exporting of art/ design products.
National Union of Journalists Freelance Fees Guide provides advice on fees for freelance writing, photography, illustration, picture editing and design in print and online media.
Paying Artists Campaign aims to secure payment for artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries. In 2016 they published Exhibition Payment: The a-n/AIR Paying Artists Guide for artists and exhibiting organisations.
Pro Active Resolutions Free guides, financial fact sheets and overviews for creative individuals, co-operatives & charities.
Training for Exploitation? Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education A critical resource pack for educators teaching employability, ‘professional practice’ and work-based learning. Authored by the Precarious Workers Brigade and designed by Evening Class. Provides a pedagogical framework that assists students and others in deconstructing dominant narratives around work, employability and careers, and explores alternative ways of engaging with work and the economy. Statistics and workshop exercises on precarity, employment rights, cooperation & solidarity. As a feminist I recognise many of these tools from past and contemporary practices of consciousness raising. They are effective and I encourage readers to use them (Silvia Federici), paperback or free PDF.
W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) works to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and to resolve them. Based in New York. W.A.G.E has collected data, written texts and letters, made speeches, videos and graphics, conducted research, taught and lectured. See the WORK page for a catalogue of resources, including writing and publications, the 2010 W.A.G.E. Survey, videos, a selected history of artist organizing, a reading list and writing for and about W.A.G.E.
Arts Council England is a government-funded body that distrubtes arts funding and promotes art in England. You can apply to Grants for the Arts or find information and resources on other sources of funding.
Arts Council England Grants for the arts is an open-application funding programme, which funds arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work. It is used to help more people to take part in the arts, provide creative opportunities for children and young people, help the development of artists, arts organisations and the creative economy, involve the arts and artists in creating vibrant communities, allow artists from this country to work internationally, international artists to work in England, and artists from here and abroad to work with each other. Open to individuals, arts organisations, local authorities, public organisations, partnerships, collectives, regional and national organisations, voluntary and community groups.
Arts Council England Grants for the Arts cheatsheet an overview of what is required for the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts application process (2016 onwards).
Elephant Trust created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller to enable artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.
Funding Directory for Artists A funding directory for visual artists and composers created by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to provide a portal for information on funding opportunities for individual artists and composers.
Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust provides small scale grants to British artists, designers, writers and performers over the age of 30 who are experiencing financial difficulties in the pursuit of their careers. Awards are made in December each year, and typically range from £250 – £1,000. Applications may be submitted at any time but must be received by 7 October in order to be considered for an award within the same calendar year. The Trust welcomes applications from professional or aspiring artists, designers, writers, performers and film-makers.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation An independent foundation that provides grants to help individuals overcome disadvantage, especially children and young adults in pursuit of the arts. Individuals are funded through the Awards for Artists, which is by invitation only and the Ideas and Pioneers Fund for entrepreneurs, which must be used for charitable purposes. The Arts-based Learning Fund and Arts Access and Participation Fund are only open to organisations.
Successful Funding Application Library A library of successful funding applications that you can reference, collected and compiled by The White Pube. The page includes additional funding resources and a link to upload our own successful funding application. See also the Successful Project Proposal Library.
a-n Insurance professional indemnity and public liability for Artist and Arts organiser members based in the UK. £5m Public & Products Liability insurance and £5m Professional Indemnity insurance cover is included with a-n Artist membership. a-n also offers Creative freelance insurance for Arts Organiser members, an insurance package offering £1m Professional Indemnity insurance and £5m Public and Products Liability cover for £103. Developed for freelancers working in arts consultancy, curating, commissioning, project management and research. They also offer a one-off exhibition policy.
Association of British Insurers Professional association, addresses insurance complaints and inquiries.
Craft Insurance (Ian W Wallace) Insurance scheme for crafts people, craft groups and crafts clubs.
Event Insurance Services Provides multiple events or one-off event policies, including public liability, employers liability and cancellation cover.
Hallett Independent Insurance for artists, galleries, art dealers, collectors, museums, exhibitions and art fairs. Full cover for one-off or travelling exhibitions, crates, packing materials and public liability.
Hencilla Arts and Media Insurance Artists Insurance Policy covers Artwork & Materials Insurance, Studio Contents / Buildings, Business Interruption and Employers’ & Public Liability. Also offers Showtime Performing Arts Insurance and Media Freelancer Insurance.
Hiscox Event Insurance Helps cover the associated risks of organising an event including cancellation, accidents and property damage one-off or multi-event series.
Pop Up Insurance Cover for public liability, products liability, trade contents, material damage and theft for business premises on short lease terms.
Society for All Artists Members get free insurance cover for their paintings at exhibitions. Professional artists, art clubs and groups can subscribe to third party public liability insurance. Each membership level offers a different insurance cover. Does not cover 3D artwork.