40th Anniversary News

40 years of supporting artists

Our 40th Anniversary programme includes a new series of Artists Newsletter publications and interviews with leading artists.

A Q+A with… Maria Hatling, a-n 40th Anniversary logo creator

We speak to Maria Hatling about what inspired her a-n at 40 logo design, her painting practice and what she’s been up during a tumultuous 2020.

40 Years 40 Artists

40 Years 40 Artists: the 1990s

Introducing the second set of conversations in our 40 Years 40 Artists series of interviews with artists who feature in a-n’s archive.

40 Years 40 Artists: Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid remembers the difficulties and successes of the "wilderness years" of 1990s, and how she built her "whole life around making work."

40 Years 40 Artists: Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker discusses her work and life in the 1990s, the "most productive, intense, crazy period of my career."

40 Years 40 Artists: Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare outlines the development of his work in the 1990s, including his "big jump from painting to costume".

40 Years 40 Artists: Dorothy Cross

Dorothy Cross remembers the freedom and energy of the 1990s, travelling, meeting other artists and making ambitious site-specific work.

40 Years 40 Artists: Franko B

Franko B discusses his early body and blood-based performances in gay clubs during the 1990s, made at the height of the AIDS crisis.

40 Years 40 Artists: Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry recalls the technical progress of his work, his first commercial gallery shows, and 'hitting his prices' in the 1990s.

40 Years 40 Artists: Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread recalls "learning how to be an artist and making some very ambitious pieces" in the 1990s.

40 Years 40 Artists: Jane and Louise Wilson

Jane and Louise Wilson discuss the start of their artistic collaboration in the 1990s, and how a-n is "an essential resource."

40 Years 40 Artists: Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham reflects on the turning points in his photography and experimental films, which he began making during the 1990s.

40 Years 40 Artists: Gary Hume

Gary Hume reflects on his successes during the 1990s and on being "prepared to risk my career for being an artist."

40 Years 40 Artists: the 1980s

Read the first 10 conversations in our 40 Years 40 Artists series of interviews with artists who feature in a-n's archive.

Artists Newsletter

Artists Newsletter #2: The 1990s

Catherine Bertola and Rosie Morris provide a platform for women artists and writers to highlight less visible, marginalised and precarious practices.

Artists Newsletter #2: Jade Montserrat

Download and print Jade Montserrat’s poster artwork. Presented alongside the publication of Artists Newsletter #2: The 1990s.

Artists Newsletter #2: Martina Mullaney

Download and print Martina Mullaney’s poster artwork. Presented alongside the publication of Artists Newsletter #2: The 1990s.

Artists Newsletter #2: Nicola Singh

Download and print Nicola Singh’s poster artwork. Presented alongside the publication of Artists Newsletter #2: The 1990s.

From the a-n archive: Fanny Adams cover, March 1992

Cover image by pressure group Fanny Adams which campaigned in the early 1990s to expose inequality and discrimination in the art world.

From the a-n archive: Extremes of consciousness, August 1997

Judith Palmer on why practitioners including Franko B are working with seemingly painful forms of expression, pushing performance to extremes.

From the a-n archive: Venetian finds, August 1995

Sotiris Kyriacou on a showcase of new British talent at the Venice Biennale including the work of Jane and Louise Wilson.

From the a-n archive: Lubaina Himid, A memorial to Zong, February 1994

Lubaina Himid on the under-representation of Black artists in the field of public art.

From the a-n archive: Lubaina Himid on Success, March 1995

Lubaina Himid on the importance of critical acknowledgement for her work, and the liberating benefits of living and working outside London.

From the a-n archive: Jenny Saville, Saville’s road, March 1996

Jenny Saville discusses the role of luck, hard work and dedication in her practice as a painter.

Artists Newsletter #1: The 1980s

In the first of a new series of publications celebrating the a-n archive, Black Hole Club unearth the past, probe the present, and look to the future.