There are no adequately thanking for the writers, reviewers, and editors who made this issue what it is. A very special thanks to visual artists who contributed work to this issue, including sculptor Joseph Calleja, photographer David Cass, and painters Lesley Oldaker and Charlie Yates.
Based in Edinburgh, Joseph Calleja (b. 1981, Malta) holds a Masters degree in the interdisciplinary course, Art Space and Nature from the University of Edinburgh. He is a practicing visual artist and a board member of Lateral Lab, an arts charity based in Fife, Scotland. His work was shortlisted for Saatchi and Channel 4 New Sensations 2010. This culminated into a show in London alongside leading contemporary artists as curated by Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz and Victoria Golembiovskaya under the title House of the Nobleman . He was selected for the New Contemporaries 2011 by the Royal Scottish Academy. He was also the first recipient of the Robert Callender Residency for Young Artists, a residency that took him to Osaka and offered him a solo exhibition in Kyoto.
Scottish-born artist David Cass has exhibited his multidisciplinary work in a range of exhibition venues and festivals since graduating in 2010, from Istanbul Museum of Modern Art to the Royal Academy in London. His work focusses on environmental topics, specifically sea rise, and uses recycled materials. Calleja and Cass are currently collaborating on an upcoming exhibition, ‘As Coastline is to Ocean’, an exploration of coastal change.
Lesley Oldaker is an UK based artist working mainly in the medium of painting. Lesley has been painting professionally for five years and has already accomplished an Invited Artist Residency in China 2013, received Runner-up in Winter Pride Art Awards 2014 London, Peoples Choice Award (Bath Art Prize 2018), been featured in various publications, on album covers and other media, and selected five times to exhibit with Flux, London. She has exhibited her work in London, New York, Delhi, Zurich, Florence, Bratislava and Shenzhen, China and she has work in private collections across many countries. Lesley’s work can be seen next at Flux Exhibition, March 14-17th 2019, National Army Museum, London and at The Chimera Gallery, Ireland; Hope Gallery, UK and Great Banyan Art Co., New Delhi, India.
Charlie Yates’s style and technique has been influenced by artists like Pietre de Hooch, Adpolph Menzel and Vilhelm Hammershoi. His work is characterised by precise drawing and structured composition disrupted by paint techniques and the movement of directional light. Charlie paints a combination of non-fiction and partially recalled places. The paintings of rooms suggest complex and even confounding spaces. Shifting perspectives challenge the stability of perception and simultaneously invite and occasionally prevent the viewer from imaginatively exploring these rooms. He omits object then introduces new ones to populate the architectural skeleton of an interior. A sense of presence is conveyed through the use of light and shadow to lend the paintings an atmosphere of intimacy, warmth, colour, depth and mystery.
In addition, a great many thanks are owed to the staff and advisors in the School of English at the University of St Andrews for their financial and moral support; thank you to The Poetry Society, The Scottish Poetry Library, and StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, for helping to promote the magazine; thanks also to Topping&Co Bookshop in St Andrews and Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh for generously hosting this and our past launch events.
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