An invaluable archive of a-n's inspiring publications and critical research, exposing the 'why, what and how' of artist's practice, with an emphasis on artist-led activity and diversity of practice across the UK. Packed with thorough analyses and decisive debate exposing the diversity and complexity of artists' practice now and in the future.

Welcome to publications

Current and archive a-n publications including a-n Collections, Research papers and Degree Shows Guide.

Navigating art in participatory settings  issues for artists and employers

Artists Working in Participatory Settings

Towards its contribution to the ArtWorks programme, Navigator (which includes A+, a partnership strategy pooling the best of CPD from a-n The Artists Information Company and Artquest, along with Engage, Foundation for Community Dance, National Association of Writers in Education, and Sound Sense) has produced a summary of the key learning from four Artists Labs run between August 2012 and January 2013, along with bibliography to identify and present a range of available resources for artists working in participatory settings. Read on »

'Paying Artists Research Phase 1 findings'

Paying artists

Research study commissioned by a-n and AIR looking specifically at artists’ experiences of exhibiting in publicly-funded galleries, aiming to understand the range of different experiences and practice, to identify good and poor practice, and to consider what kind of recommendations might be made for sharing and spreading good practice more widely. Read on »


Signpost for new artists!

Aimed at new graduates and offering support negotiating the first few years out of higher education. Edited by artist and AirSpace Gallery Director Anna Francis, with contributions from artists, arts organisations and support networks. Available in PDF and flip-book formats. Read on »

Artist as Leader

Artist as leader

In the final interview of Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as Leader series, he talks to David Wilson, the Director of The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, about the "grey areas" and "inspiration as a form of leading". Listen here »

Code of Practice 2012_2

Code of Practice for the Visual Arts - How to use it

With an introduction from AIR, includes profiles and negotiating advice from artists, a unique guide to working out what to charge, plus links to other useful resources.

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Read on » for Flip book version

'Cassandra Harrison, Edinburgh artwork'

Sustaining the arts in a harsh climate

A selection of Practical guides, Toolkits, features and commentaries offering advice and support to artists and organisations in the current funding climate. Read on »

New site coming!

The new a-n website is on its way! Centred around a professional environment for conversation with fast routes to news, reviews, blogs and resources. Find out more »

About publications

a-n's publications are edited by a host of remote and office based staff from across the art world. Read on »

Partnership working

Artists working in participatory settings: Towards its contribution to the ArtWorks programme, Navigator has developed this bibliography with the intention of identifying and presenting a range of available resources for artists working in participatory settings. Read on»