About Art Monthly

Art Monthly, published by the Art Monthly Foundation registered charity, is the UK’s leading magazine of contemporary visual art. Published ten times a year in bold black and white, it keeps you in touch with the complex and ever-evolving art world through in-depth features, interviews with artists, profiles on emerging artists and coverage of major trends and developments by independent critics.

In addition to the extensive reviews section covering exhibitions and books, Art Monthly is the only magazine with a regular column on Artlaw. Art Monthly also publishes regular reports from around the world in its ‘Letters from’ section.

If you want to engage directly with contemporary art, read Art Monthly.


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AM Team

Editor: Patricia Bickers
Deputy Editor: David Barrett
Associate Editor: Chris McCormack
Listings: Mark Lewis
Art Monthly Talk Show: Matt Hale / Chris McCormack
Advertising Manager: Matt Hale
Advertising Assistant: Mark Lewis
Subscription/Distribution: Natasha Rees
Proofreader: Cath Harris
Print Design: Fraser Muggeridge studio
Office Administrator: Iain Hales
Founders: Jack Wendler / Peter Townsend

Art Monthly Foundation

The Art Monthly Foundation (a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England and Wales) was set up in 2017 to extend the reach of Art Monthly magazine by increasing access to new art and ideas, developing greater appreciation and understanding of the contemporary art world and encouraging more people to engage with it.

Founded in 1976, the mission of Art Monthly was and continues to be to support new and challenging art, and to examine the context in which it is made and viewed (the first issue contained an artist’s page by Carl Andre at the height of the co-called ‘Bricks in the Tate’ controversy). Since then, Art Monthly has continued to increase its audiences, latterly through its regular radio programmes on Resonance FM, free podcasts and via social media.

The aim of the Foundation, however, is to is to engage with existing and potential new audiences directly through public events, live interviews and symposia, while also supporting and partnering marginalised voices and organisations, such as alternative art schools, prison education trusts and other independent initiatives through gift subscriptions, mentorship schemes and short courses. For these additional activities, we are seeking potential patrons and donors who would like to support us in these endeavours …

Registered Charity Number: 1173171
Director: Patricia Bickers

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Teresa Gleadowe
Gill Hedley
Isaac Julien
Henry Lydiate (chair)
Andrew Wilson

Honorary Patrons
Eddie Chambers
Liam Gillick
Hans Haacke
Mona Hatoum
Alfredo Jaar
Martha Rosler


While Art Monthly is part funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio organisation, the magazine is primarily funded by its advertisers and its readers, in particular its subscribers and supporter subscribers.

Art Monthly is grateful to its supporter subscribers for their support:

And those who wish to remain anonymous.

You can also make a charitable donation to the Art Monthly Foundation to help Art Monthly continue to fulfil its charitable aims.


Founded in 1976 by Peter Townsend and Jack Wendler, Art Monthly is the UK’s oldest, most authoritative and challenging contemporary art magazine whose editorial policy has remained fundamentally unchanged from that outlined in the first editorial: ‘to provide informed coverage on contemporary art and the issues that surround it’. In 2017, 40 years after it first appeared, Art Monthly became a registered charity. (For a history of the magazine from 1976 to 2010, see ‘Art Monthly 1976-’.)

The first issue of Art Monthly carried an obituary for Marcel Broodthaers designed by Richard Hamilton and included an artist’s page by Carl Andre in response to the ‘bricks at the Tate’ controversy at the time.

Art Monthly is dedicated to covering the visual arts in context – in features, interviews, reviews, profiles, reports and polemics, as well as regularly reviewing artists’ books, multiples, video, internet art, books and film. Still controversial, Art Monthly was the first magazine to identify and debate the ‘yBa’ phenomenon – a term coined by Simon Ford in a feature entitled ‘Myth Making’ published back in March 1996 – and continued to track Charles Saatchi’s effect on the market for British art in the feature ‘Sense and Sensation’ by Art Monthly editor Patricia Bickers in November 1997. Art Monthly continues to tackle the issues that matter, including the proliferation of biennales, the rise of the curator and the crisis in criticism, the corporatisation of art education, the power of mega dealers and art fairs, the impact of globalisation on art and on the environment, and the relationship between art and activism.

Regular Art Monthly columns include the pioneering Artlaw column, written by specialist Henry Lydiate, which guides readers through the intricacies of legal issues. (The Artlaw columns are now available on the Artquest website.) The regular Letter From series covering specific art scenes around the UK and across the world has become one of the most popular sections in the magazine.

Since 1976, the interview has remained a key part of the Art Monthly project, beginning with the modernist pioneer Naum Gabo and reclusive painter Agnes Martin, and including several artists who have since become widely known: Tacita Dean, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Price, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hito Steyerl and others. Two volumes of interviews have been published, Talking Art: Interviews with Artists since 1976, and a second volume, published to coincide with Art Monthly’s 40th anniversary, which covers the years from 2007 to 2016. Earlier live interviews conducted in collaboration with Tate Modern, with artists including John Baldessari, Glenn Ligon, Cornelia Parker, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Lorna Simpson and Lawrence Weiner, can be accessed in the Events section.

Many now established artists received their first serious review, or their first in a British publication, in the pages of Art Monthly, among them Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shirin Neshat, Cornelia Parker, Elizabeth Price and Rachel Whiteread, while artists profiled at formative moments early in their careers include: Fiona Banner, Martin Creed, Ceal Floyer, Mona Hatoum, Mark Leckey, Susan Philipsz, Sam Taylor-Wood and Gillian Wearing.

Few other art magazines can equal the range of brilliant writers who have contributed to Art Monthly and continue to make it one of the most vital forums for gaining a truly critical insight into the many worlds of contemporary art. Among the hundreds of artists, curators, critics and art historians who have written for Art Monthly are Dawn Ades, Michael Archer, Dave Beech, Iwona Blazwick, Eddie Chambers, JJ Charlesworth, Lynne Cooke, Alex Farquharson, Francis Frascina, Margaret Garlake, Liam Gillick, Teresa Gleadowe, Charles Harrison, Matthew Higgs, Donald Judd, Lisa LeFeuvre, Sally O’Reilly, Genesis P-Orridge, Griselda Pollock, Mark Prince, Irving Sandler, Seth Siegelaub, Julian Stallabrass, Virginia Whiles, Andrew Wilson and Sarah Wilson. (For a full list of contributors see below.)

In recent years Art Monthly has branched out, launching the Art Monthly Roadshow, taking the debate directly to its audiences, and has its own regular radio Talk Show on Resonance FM. Art Monthly can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Art Monthly website, first launched in the 1990s, offers features such as the London Gallery Map and UK Gallery Map as well as archives of events and back issues.


Larne Abse Gogarty, Sam Ainsley, Ed Allington, Simon Anderson, Niamh Ann Kelly, Rasheed Araeen, Michael Archer, Matthew Arnatt, Michelle Atherton, Robert Ayers, Joe Banks, Stephen Bann, Barry Barker, Paul Barlow, Cyril Barrett, David Barrett, Shumon Basar, Kathy Battista, Mark Beasley, Dave Beech, Pryle Behrman, Andrew Bick, Patricia Bickers, Susanne Bieber, Nicky Bird, Helen Blaker, Iwona Blazwick, Monica Bohm Duchen, Michael Bracewell, Guy Brett, David Briers, Andrew Brighton, Neal Brown, Craig Burnett, David Burrows, Stephen Bury, Maud Capelle, Brian Catling, Eddie Chambers, Miles Champion, David Chandler, JJ Charlesworth, Krzysztof Cieszkowski, George Clark, Chris Clarke, Paul Claydon, James Clegg, Alex Coles, Matthew Collings, Maeve Connolly, Roger Cook, Sarah Cook, Richard Cork, Michael Corris, Suzanne Cotter, Michelle Cotton, Cathy Courtney, Ann Coxon, Amanda Crabtree, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Nick Crowe, Juan Cruz, David Cunningham, Penelope Curtis, Louise Dany, Anthony Davies, Gail Day, Thibaut De Ruyter, Toni del Renzio, Anna Dezeuze, Bob Dickinson, Claire Doherty, Barnaby Drabble, Bill Drummond, Mark Durden, Jimmie Durham, Deke Dusinberre, Michael Ellis, Rebecca Engmann, Charles Esche, Morgan Falconer, Alex Farquharson, Caryn Faure Walker, Paula Feldman, Peter Fink, Alec Finlay, Simon Ford, Lucy Forsyth, Reuben Fowkes, Francis Frascina, Maria Fusco, Christophe Gallois, Rachel Garfield, Margaret Garlake, Robert Garnett, Michael Gibbs, Liam Gillick, Colin Gleadell, Teresa Gleadowe, David Gleeson, Colin Glen, Adrian Glew, Mark Godfrey, Mel Gooding, Clare Grafik, Beryl Graham, Catherine Grant, Richard Grayson, Alison Green, Gavin Grindon, Melissa Gronlund, Bruce Haines, Kit Hammonds, Rikke Hansen, Allan Harkness, Jonathan Harris, Mark Harris, Sarah Harrison, Gill Hedley, Martin Herbert, Simon Herbert, Matthew Higgs, David Hills, Michael Holman, Stewart Home, David Hopkins, Sophie Howarth, Andrew Hunt, Ian Hunt, Mark Hutchinson, Robert Hutchison, Richard Hylton, Jaki Irvine, Jakob Jakobsen, Sarah James, John Janssen, Daniel Jewesbury, Susan Johanknecht, Gareth Jones, John Jordan, Mel Jordon, Ben Judd, Jeff Kastner, John Kelly, Niamh Ann Kelly, Klara Kemp-Welch, Peter Kennard, Dean Kenning, Sarah Kent, Joan Key, Omar Kholeif, Natalie King, Christopher Kul-Want, Sotiris Kyriacou, L Foundation, Rob La Frenais, Joseph La Placa, Pablo Lafuente, Sally Lai, Axel Lapp, Cliff Lauson, Lisa Le Feuvre, Stephen Lee, Esther Leslie, Rosie Lesso, Adrian Lewis, David Lillington, Dany Louise, Henry Lydiate, Elisabeth Mahoney, Anna Malik, Claire Manchester, Alex Mari, David Marriott, Craig Martin, Joseph Masheck, Anne Massey, Julian Maynard Smith, Ellen McBreen, Chris McCormack, Laura McLean-Ferris, Nina Mehta, Christopher Meigh-Andrews, Adam E Mendelsohn, Rod Mengham, Katherine Meynell, Jeremy Millar, Alicia Miller, Daniel Miller, David Miller, Coline Milliard, Laura Moffatt, John Molyneux, Stuart Morgan, Lynda Morris, Simon Morrissey, Jack Mottram, David Musgrave, Sandy Nairne, Sachiko Namba, Martin Newman, Michael Newman, Richard Noble, Kirsten Norrie, Paul O’Neill, Michael O’Pray, Sally O’Reilly, Genesis P Orridge, Paul Overy, Judith Palmer, Lisa Panting, Graham Parker, Jon Parr, Martin Patrick, Simon Patterson, Hugh Pearman, Vincent Pécoil, Shan Peng, Colin Perry, Gill Perry, David Peters Corbett, Deanna Petherbridge, Clive Phillpot, Sophia Phoca, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Barbara Pollack, Matt Price, Mark Prince, James Pyman, John Reardon, Valerie Reardon, Al Rees, Craig Richardson, John Roberts, Kristian Romare, Anne Rorimer, Karen Rosenberg, David Ryan, Emma Safe, Irving Sandler, Peter Scott, Benedict Seymour, Deborah Shultz, Ross Sinclair, John Slyce, Dan Smith, Emma Smith, Sarah-Neel Smith, Terry Smith, Cherry Smyth, Jenni Sorkin, Felicity Sparrow, Mike Sperlinger, Julian Stallabrass, Polly Staple, Jamie Stapleton, Lucy Steeds, John Stezaker, Andrew Stooke, Peter Suchin, James Swinson, Brandon Taylor, Fred Ted Castle, Jennifer Thatcher, Richard Thomas, Mark Thomson, Sarah Thornton, Emilia Torracciano, Chris Townsend, Peter Townsend, John Tozer, Kate Tregaskis, David Trigg, Sarah Tripp, Eric Troncy, Marketa Uhlirova, Paul Usherwood, Marcus Verhagen, Martin Vincent, Jean Wainwright, Joanna Walker, John A Walker, Maria Walsh, Jenny Walwin, Jonathan Watkins, Marjorie Welish, Hester Westley, Virginia Whiles, Ian White, Tony White, Frederika Whitehead, Frank Whitford, Steven Willats, Eliza Williams, Gilda Williams, Mark Wilsher, Andrew Wilson, Michael Wilson, Roger Wollen, Catherine Wood, Tony Wood, Godfrey Worsdale, Maxa Zoller

Writing Submissions

Art Monthly welcomes contact from new writers – please send samples of relevant writing to the general email address. While every submission is given attention, it may take several weeks to reply and we cannot guarantee a response to all correspondence.


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