NGFMR got an interesting comment this week on a post from a few months back about the respected visual arts magazine, Circa, losing its Arts Council funding.
It’s worth noting that Circa has recent news items and reviews on its website, so hopefully it’s continuing. The famous comment, however, was about a new publication, studentsZINE, which is publishing online via Issuu and this platform allows for text, pictures and multimedia elements. That’s where online publishing continues to have the edge.
It’s aiming to be “Ireland’s leading publication for the contemporary arts, founded to readdress the current lack of representation focusing primarily on the development of students, emerging and under represented artists within their creative and research practices”.
“studentsZINE is dedicated to create a platform for discussion and collaboration for the emerging artist. It aims to be at the forefront of art criticism and theory and to engage and represent the work of committed emerging practitioners within the field of ‘Art’, to promote their work and related interests to a wider appreciating audience and to create a discursive network between national and international colleges and universities.”
Check it out here. It’s good to see a bit of enthusiasm and drive to set something up. There are three issues so far and I hope it goes from strength to strength.
If you’re interested in magazines about the visual arts in Ireland, The Visual Artists News Sheet (VAN) is also a great publication and it signalled its intent in its May/June 2011 issue to launch a new review section called ‘Critique’ later this year. This will only add to the quality of the VAN, which already includes news, columns, profiles, event listings, jobs/opportunities, discussions and more.
The VAN is produced by Visual Artists Ireland and you can sign up for their very comprehensive e-bulletin too. Check out the website here.