Issue 1 MAP

We now look forward to developing the structure and navigation of MAP’s extensive digital archive (c. 1600 contributions) which will remain live and free to readers. In the next few weeks, we will also publish a small number of texts commissioned in 2023.

In the years since the pandemic, the fast changing publishing and communications climates, alongside funding precarity, combine to make this project no longer sustainable.

Today though, most importantly, we’d like to offer gratitude to our brilliant readership, and to those many hundreds of artists and writers, and other supporters, who have contributed words, images, film & moving image, recordings, projects, opinion, advice, kindness and friendship across time and geography. Too many to mention here individually, together these people have played a vital role in creating a continuous stream of inspiration, imagination, challenging ideas, questions and aesthetic observations, open to all.

In recent years, numerous cross-disciplinary guest editors have delivered thematic series and commissions across one or more issues, inviting artists and writers from a wide spectrum of the art and literary worlds to contribute new work. In parallel, pitches have been welcomed from all spheres of art making and writing, emerging and established, local and international. These two strands have allowed MAP to maintain an accessible and flexible publishing structure.

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MAP was launched in 2005 as a quarterly Scottish contemporary art magazine with an international perspective and became independent in spring 2008. After 25 issues in print, the magazine was recast in 2011 as an online project with other occasional print and production projects attached. This latest format has been led by editorial directors, Alice Bain (founding editor) and Laura Haynes, who together have developed the title to become a unique and significant platform for Scotland’s art production and art writing. We end at Issue 70 and leave the archive to speak for itself.

We would like to express our many thanks to Creative Scotland for its support throughout all of these years. And to CCA, Glasgow for its generous hosting of MAP for over decade.

Alice Bain and Laura Haynes
Editorial Directors
MAP magazine

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