Be Smart About Art

Getting Press in the Art World: A Panel and Q+A with Journalists Anna McNay and Tabish Khan

An event for artists, galleries and industry professionals

Date: Aug. 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - Aug. 9, 2017, 10 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Angel
Buses: Aplenty!

Speakers: Anna McNay, Susan Mumford, Tabish Khan

Price: First 23 tickets are half-price! Discounted tickets: BSAA Members £5, Visitors £7.50

Do you…

> Want to get your exhibitions, and yourself for that matter, featured in the press?

> Wonder how get in front of journalists, not to mention capture their attention?

> Understand what information journalists need from you, how to present it and with how much lead time?

> Know how to get on the radar of arts press?

> Have a list of publications that are a good match for your events / stories as well as your target audience?

> Already know journalists and wonder how to engage them?

> Fathom the array of press coverage available, from print to online, and from listing to feature?

> Wonder if you should accept every press opportunity or be selective?

> Want to help journalists love you (which will make them want to do more with you)?


While the world of media coverage seems to be ever-growing, it's hard to know where to start. How do independent artists and curators get important shows, pieces and announcements into the arts press, and in front of the public eye? 

Join this panel discussion, followed by a Q+A, to learn how getting press in the art world works today, for print and digital publications alike. The insight will be provided by the most ideally placed professionals: arts journalists!


6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Workshop with Q&A

(The panel discussion will be moderated by BSAA Founder Susan Mumford, and will be followed by an in-depth Q&A with the audience.)  

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 


*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk get an exclusive 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the day, prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and arrive early to take advantage of this talk bonus :-).

Follow Anna on social media: 

Twitter @annamcnay | Instagram @annamcnay


Follow Tabish on social media: 

Twitter @londonartcritic | Instagram @londonartcritic


About the Speakers: 

Anna McNay is Assistant Editor at Art Quarterly (Art Fund) and a freelance writer and editor.

She comes from an academic background, as a doctoral candidate, tutor, and lecturer in German and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin. 

In 2011, returning to study part-time for an MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, she began writing reviews for the online art journal Studio International, for whom she continues to write and present today. She began work with Art Quarterly in March 2017, previously being Deputy Editor for State mediaand Arts Editor for DIVA magazine. She also writes catalogue essays, reviews, interviews and profiles for various online and print publications, including PhotomonitorRA MagazinePlateaElephant, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian. Some of her writing can be found in her blog archive. 

Anna is a member of the NUJ, WiJ and AICA, and is NCTJ certified.

Tabish Khan is an art critic specialising in London's art scene, covering contemporary and historical exhibitions. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene.

Tabish has been visual arts editor for Londonist since 2013. Contributions include reviews, previews, news, experiences and opinion pieces.

He is also a regular contributor for FAD with a weekly top 5 exhibitions to see in London and a column called 'What's wrong with art'.

He is available for interviews, radio and television appearances, to comment on exhibitions and the latest art news.

While art is Tabish's primary focus, he has written about film, theatre and many other experiences in London.


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