August 10, 2011 – The summer has ushered in many changes at Visual Arts News. We bid farewell to editor, Sue Carter Flinn and welcomed Lizzy Hill onboard as our new editor. Since 2003, Sue has provided Visual Arts News readers with timely and relevant coverage of the visual arts scene in Atlantic Canada and contributed to the development of the publication. We wish her luck as she embarks on a new editorial career at Toronto’s Quill and Quire.
Lizzy Hill comes to us with a love of the arts in the Atlantic region and a desire to introduce our up and coming artists to a wider audience. Lizzy is a Halifax-based arts and culture journalist, who has written for Canadian Art, The Coast, Metro News, Spacing Magazine and is a past contributor of Visual Arts News. Her most recent projects have included documentary film research for the CBC and working as a program coordinator for Bryony House. She’s a graduate of the University of King’s College, where she studied journalism and contemporary studies. As a journalism student, Lizzy focused on creating a comprehensive online guide to the arts scene in Halifax’s north end.
The upcoming Fall 2011 issue of Visual Arts News uncovers the range of ingenuity in Atlantic Canada’s contemporary visual art scene. A review of the Bonafide: Handmade and Homemade exhibition, exploring contemporary DIY culture at Owens Art Gallery, and an insightful examination of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery’s Dirt, Detritus and Vermin and In an Ancient Garden anchor the issue, re-exploring contemporary traditions of craft. A Q&A with artist Craig Leonard and a time-travelled artist profile of James MacSwain, points to how artists re-contextualize art history. Visual Arts News archives how materials and spaces are recycled by artists, surveying a re-purposed Cold War military bunker in rural Nova Scotia and highlighting Carl Stewart’s textile work made using abandoned mattresses. With profiles on Atlantic Canadian artists long-listed for the 2011 Sobey Art Award to wanderings through the Venice Biennale and much more, we will also re-situate the contemporary art scene in Atlantic Canada among a national and international context. The Fall 2011 issue of Visual Arts News will surely captivate, by describing the true DIY spirit evident in the contemporary arts scene.
Visual Arts News is the only magazine dedicated to contemporary visual art in Atlantic Canada. Although our focus is mainly centered on the visual arts and artists of Nova Scotia, we also accept stories from across Atlantic Canada, and on national and international art events that we believe are of interest to our readership.
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The Fall 2011 issue of Visual Arts News will be available on newsstands, nationally, in September.
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