Monday 21 July 2021

Introducing our editor

Dr Una Rey, photo: Katherine Williams

In its 40th year Artlink is thrilled to announce that Dr Una Rey will join the magazine as editor.

Dr Rey comes to Artlink with over 25 years of experience in the Australian art sector, including a decade as a lecturer and researcher in art history and creative arts at the University of Newcastle. Prior to her academic role, Rey managed commercial galleries and Indigenous art centres in northern and central Australia and she has developed a wide range of independent visual art projects.

An award-winning writer, Rey has published widely in scholarly, curatorial and journalistic contexts. In 2017 she won the best art-writing award in the peer reviewed ANZJA journal and her work on Black White & Restive: cross-cultural initiatives in Australian contemporary art won its AAANZ category award for scholarship and catalogue design. Rey is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a number of professional arts organisations.

Artlink Board member, Dr Ali Gumillya Baker, says: 

This is a critical time for Artlink and for independent arts and culture writing more broadly. It is in everyone’s best interest to have flourishing critical writing communities in the creative arts. We are delighted to be welcoming Una’s talents to the Artlink team.

Dr Rey comments on her new role:

I have enjoyed a long relationship with Artlink as reader and regular contributor and I’m excited and challenged by what lies ahead. These are interesting times for the arts and arts publications, and I think there’s an opportunity to be a bit fearless in how we meet the future with Artlink.

Over the course of my career, I’ve experienced numerous exchanges with fellow writers and artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, and I love any opportunity to push ideas, foster alternative thinking and to collaborate in the interests of critical and though provoking writing. This has been especially rewarding working closely with Indigenous artists and writers, where listening is at the heart of the creative process.

Dr Rey commences in her role in August and looks forward to supporting the Adelaide based team in their continued work with one of the nation’s longest running art journals. 

Keri Glastonbury recently wrote about Una’s latest curatorial project Inside Elands at The Lock-Up contemporary art space in Newcastle for Artlink.

Image for publication available here. Caption and credit: Dr Una Rey, photo: Katherine Williams

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