About

Arts Press is the website of the UK-based freelance arts journalist and writer Tim Cornwell.

As of January 2018, I am writing  on visual arts for The Art Newspaper, in London, and on Scottish art stories for the Sunday Times’ Scotland edition.     Other outlets in 2017/2018 include Canvas, Sorbet, and Tribe magazines, all published in Dubai, Scottish Field magazine and The Scotsman newspaper.

My current specialist areas are the Scottish art scene and Middle Eastern art, though my writing has ranged well beyond this in a long career.   In the last year I have reported from the Kochi and Venice Biennales, the Edinburgh festivals, on the work of Parviz Tanavoli in Tehran, and the Beirut Art Fair.   In summer 2018 I expect to be  reporting from the Edinburgh festivals for The Scotsman and other publications,  and to be on the judging panels for two theatre awards.

Among recent articles,   I interviewed the extraordinary and admirable former Scottish poet laureate Liz Lochhead on the subject of the poet Robert Burns and a  “Weinsteinian” episode, in an article for the Sunday Times  followed up widely in the Scottish press.   I also interviewed    the world-famous Scottish stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill  ahead of his performance at the Celtic Connections festival, and broke the story of the Dutch photographer who obsessively pursued the trail of a mysterious 17th Century Scottish portraitist.

Some recent stories for the Art Newspaper have garnered some attention, on the role of family art foundations in the Middle East and  on fakes of some Middle Eastern modernist artists, alongside pieces ranging from the new Emile Hannouche museum in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, and new plans for the Calouste Gulbenkian museum in Portugal, to   a new lease of life for  life drawing in Britain.

I use Arts Press as an outlet between paying gigs for occasional writing on culture and particularly the visual arts in the UK and beyond.   I focus on delivering exclusive and original news and features,  and as a struggling freelance I am in the market for new commissions; as well as journalism, recent work has included artist profiles, catalogue writing and the occasional press release for significant commercial  galleries in the Middle East and Scotland.  Please feel free to contact me via this site.

In Edinburgh in August last year I was on the judging panel of the Filipa Braganza Award,  for a new solo piece of theatre acted by a young female performer.   Amid strong competition, particularly from a wave of shows that brought a new level of ethnic diversity at the Fringe,  the winner was Salt, by Selina Thompson, whom I interviewed early in the festival.  I was also on the judging panel of the new Behnam Bakhtiar award for Iranian art.

Festival  articles for The Scotsman included  this piece on the lost art letter-writing, this review of virtual reality shows in the digital festival FuturePlay, and this feature on  CanadaHub, the hugely successful slate of Canadian shows centered on a single venue.    In the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I previewed an appearance by the novelist Omar Robert Hamilton.   I reviewed a slate of shows from both India, and the Arab world, while one of my favourite individual plays in the festival, playing a tiny venue,  was The Sleeper.

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A few more links below include other past work.

In August 2016 I reported on the Edinburgh festivals, with articles in  The Scotsman, the Art Newspaper, the Sunday Times and  The Times’ Scottish editions.    The Scotsman kindly commissioned a series of reviews and features including on the dramatic “Deep Time”  opening show and  this round up of 12 Shakespeare shows of all shapes and sizes.

As a fan of the thoughtful, evocative and catchily tuneful Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart I was delighted to meet and interview  her on her sell-out festival show Faultlines.    For the Sunday Times I reported on the UNESCO deputy director speaking out on the Old Royal High School plan, and calls for a new commemoration of the festival founder Sir Rudolf Bing.

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