About

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

I currently write regular articles on visual arts for the Art Newspaper and for Canvas magazine, mostly but not exclusively with a Middle East/South Asian focus.   In the last year I have reported from the Kochi and Venice Biennales, the Parviz Tanavoli exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Beirut Art Fair.

The former arts correspondent of The Scotsman newspaper, I continue to report on the Scottish arts scene, from visual arts to theatre.   In the past year my work has appeared in The Scotsman, including extensive coverage of the 2017 Edinburgh festivals, the Sunday Times Scottish edition, and Scottish Field magazine.

Recent coverage as of November 2017 includes an article on the 150th anniversary of the Glasgow Theatre Royal for the Sunday Times (Scotland) (subscription may be required) and on the problem with fakes of some Middle Eastern modernist artists for the Art Newspaper.

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.  As a struggling freelance I am in the market for paid commissions or writing work of any kind; 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.  Pllease feel free to contact me via this site.

In Edinburgh this August 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 am currently also on the judging panel of the new Behnam Bakhtiar award for Iranian art.

Festival  articles for The Scotsman this year 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 some additional work from 2016.

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.    For the Art Newspaper I interviewed the Syrian director-general of antiquities who was speaking at the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit, with his update on Palmyra and his claim that 70 percent of artefacts confiscated within Syria and beyond were actually fakes, a story  picked up by the Australian and other publications.   For The Scotsman I filed the summit curtain raiser including comments from Dr Abdulkarim and the director Jonathan Mills,  and others.    The Times carried a short piece on Scottish backing for female peacemakers in the Middle East, from an appearance by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the remarkable Beyond Borders festival near Peebles.

Arts Press is a WordPress site but with the formidable help of  the excellent Alison Neathey of www.stuffandcontent.co.uk.  If you are an interested reader, any feedback or thoughts are welcome.

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