Editor and Writer, IAN SCLATER
Ian Sclater is the Editor of Artmag, the largest circulation art magazine in Scotland and Northeast England. Along with a thorough knowledge of the domestic art, craft and design scene, he has travelled extensively researching and writing about international art. He has visited hundreds of art museums and independent galleries in some 30 cities in 20 countries.
Ian has worked over four decades in the publishing, marketing and advertising industries in the UK and USA and has written extensively for consumer and trade magazines, newspapers and websites on a wide range of topics, including art and culture, travel, hotels, food and beverage, conferences and media. He currently lives in Edinburgh.
Website Editor, Social Media Manager and Artmag Blogger, David White
David is ArtMag’s new Online Editor; since February 2019 he has been an enthusiastic blogger, drawing on a long experience in the worlds of visual art and music, and he’s keen to tell you all about the exhibitions and performances he’s seen! A lifelong music fan, he loves songwriting and playing guitar, recording and publishing his own material as Boy:48 (soundcloud.com/boy-48). He recently contributed a chapter to Mark Fisher’s book on the band XTC, ‘What Do You Call That Noise?’.
With a degree in Information Graphics, for many years he worked at Edinburgh’s fire service, managing a multi-disciplinary team. He took early retirement four years ago to concentrate on developing Creative Exchange – Scotland’s hub for public-sector creative professionals – and lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two grown-up daughters. He posts on Instagram as @bluebotl.
Arts and Travel Writer, Vivien Devlin
Vivien Devlin is an arts and travel writer in Edinburgh, specialising in hotel and restaurant reviews, city guides, and features on touring Scotland, Highlands and Islands, food and drink as well as cruising adventures from the Hebrides to circumnavigating the world by ship. She also loves to review Art galleries, theatre and dance year round and a diverse range of performances, exhibitions and literary events during the Edinburgh Festivals.
Books include I Spy Edinburgh (for children) and “Edinburgh and East Coast Scotland,” a travel guidebook to Edinburgh, East Lothian, Scottish Borders, Fife and Perthshire. This is a foodie and cultural journey highlighting the best places to stay and eat what to see and do, heritage and leisure. Vivien is chair of the Judges of the Scottish Hotel Awards, (now in its 14th year) and regarded as the Oscars of the Scottish hospitality industry.
ARTMAG BLOGGER, VISUAL ARTS, Julie Boyne
Artmag Blogger, Leo Sartain
Artmag Blogger, Amy Miles
Having lived in Baku, Azerbaijan and attended an International multi-cultural primary school for three years, Amy was brought up with an awareness of culture on a global scale. She once again benefitted from experiencing different and exciting cultures when living in both Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Amy has completed a Bachelor’s in History of Art (University of Glasgow) and a Master’s in Museum Studies (University of Amsterdam). She has also gained professional experience working at the Hunterian Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Scottish National Galleries and Lyon & Turnbull Auction House. Amy is passionate about art and culture and wants to share this through her exhibition reviews.
In her spare time Amy enjoys cooking, reading and exploring Scotland.
Artmag Blogger, Performing Arts, Malcolm McGonigle
Malcolm has written extensively about food and culture for over twenty years contributing to many Scottish magazines, newspapers and publications. He now splits his time between attending theatre, opera, dance and music productions; eating in top Scottish restaurants, and writing for TV and radio. It’s a tough gig but somebody’s got to do it.
His recent big hits include episodes of children’s TV spy drama ‘MI High’, scriptwriter on Radio Scotland comedy show Des Clark Exposed and writer for the smash BBC panel game ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’. It won a BAFTA. Malcolm has also been a freelance contributor to the List Eating and Drinking Guide for fifteen years. He currently lives Glasgow’s west end where he makes full use of the dynamic cultural landscape and excellent eating spots.
Performing Arts Editor and Culinary Arts Blogger, Rowan Anderson
Rowan is a self-confessed food obsessive; she spends most of her time thinking about food, loitering around the world food aisles, cooking up a storm or eating out in fine dining establishments across Scotland. Rowan worked in professional kitchens during her formative years, which sparked her love of food and cooking. Committed to enthusing others to enjoy cooking, she shares recipes and journals on her website rosierowan.com.
After studying the Anthropology of Art for a semester at University, Rowan pursued a career in arts and museums after graduating, working across Glasgow Museums and in Clydebank Museum. Her love of creative arts and food means taking on the role of Culinary Arts and Culture Editor for Artmag is a very happy combination of interests, and perhaps in part explains her enthusiasm for pre-theatre dining.
ArtMag Blogger, Theatre, Joanna Zuchowska
Joanna is a recent GCU graduate in Media and Communications, who is starting her new adventure in Edinburgh very soon. She will be attending Napier University to study Publishing and to explore the city even more thoroughly. Joanna has always had a passion for photography, film, books and travel. Since a young age, she has been involved with the world of arts through her father’s art gallery in Poland, which made her seek creativity in everything she was doing. She loves the atmosphere of museums and art galleries realising that they calm her down and allow her mind to slow down.
Having moved to Scotland at the age of twelve she loves planning new adventures and discovering new places. Her best friend is her camera which she takes everywhere she goes.
ArtMag Blogger, Teresa Lillis
Teresa is a recent graduate in Business Management and Spanish from the University of St. Andrews. Originally from Austin, Texas, Teresa has always been hugely immersed in the arts throughout her upbringing. From contemporary visual exhibitions to live music, her passion for the arts spans across all mediums. It is through this dedication that Teresa hopes to pursue a path in culturally engaged organisations.
Apart from currently working as the Gallery Assistant for the Sproson Gallery in St. Andrews, Teresa has had experience in this sector as the Exhibitions Intern at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan as well. She now plans on working at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice as a Graduate Intern. She absolutely loves cooking, travelling and watching classic films.
ArtMag Blogger, Flora Zajicek
Flora is a freelance arts journalist and podcast producer. Having worked internationally in Paris, Athens, Sydney and always returning to Edinburgh between times, her work explores the human stories all around us. With an MA in Art History from University of Edinburgh, she’s a self-professed culture vulture and writes reviews, features and interviews about all things art. As well as this, she has worked extensively with NGOs and communities internationally focussing on rights for refugees, in particular those travelling along the Balkan Route. For more information on that find her podcast People on the Move.
Find her on Instagram and Twitter @florazajicek
ArtMag Blogger, Jelena Sofronijevic
Jelena Sofronijevic (@jelsofron) is an audio producer and freelance journalist, who makes content at the intersections of intercultural political history and the arts. They are the producer of EMPIRE LINES, a podcast which uncovers the unexpected flows of Empires through artworks.
Published by the Political Studies Association, their undergraduate dissertation uses contemporary political satires to uniquely unpack Tito’s socialist Yugoslavia. They also presented an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought (September 2020) on modern Yugoslav diasporic identity, later selected for BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week and featured on BBC Radio Shropshire. Their other projects include The Arts Show, INDIAscussion, and Liberating Sustainability.
ArtMag Blogger, Gordon Reid
Gordon is an Aberdonian, but now lives in Glasgow having first come to the city as a trainee architect during his studies at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen.
He worked as an architect in a large Glasgow practice for some years, and, after further post-graduate study at the University of Strathclyde, specialised on his own in producing 3D architectural visualisations. He has also spent time in the retail business, working at Habitat and John Lewis.
Gordon’s earliest gallery visiting memories are from childhood, at Aberdeen Art Gallery, which he is now happy to see re-opened and so beautifully updated.
Travelling to enjoy art and design has always been a significant interest for Gordon and his wife, and they have been fortunate to visit many galleries, large and small, across the UK, North America and Europe. A good gallery café and shop is a bonus often enjoyed too.
Gordon also likes to see the Scottish Art School end-of-year shows, so important to the continuing vitality of art and design practice in Scotland and beyond.
He is a lover of live music including Americana, early Rock ‘n’ Roll, Folk and Jazz, and plays guitar for his own enjoyment.