The State of the Arts
The State of the Arts is a website covering arts, culture, and politics from cities across England, and occasionally further afield.
We want to provide a space for talking about quality events, ideas and people, and to shine a light on local arts scenes that might otherwise go overlooked in a London-centric media landscape.
We aim to publish arts criticism that is thoughtful and creative in its own right, often focusing on art that pushes boundaries and intersects heavily with the social and political.
TSOTA began as an attempt to create a single platform for information on cultural activity in Leeds in 2004. The site was inundated with requests to write about Yorkshire, then the north – and articles were shared around the world. In 2005 the decision was made to cover national cultural writing.
Our growing online platform is a place where writers can express themselves and be heard. We’re always looking for contributors to bring something new to the website. If you have an idea for a piece or there’s something you think we should cover, get in touch.
- Managing Director
Jack SimpsonJack founded TSOTA in 2014 to cover the best of Leeds's cultural goings on. He co-owns Eiger Studios and the Hyde Park Book Club.
Ella MilburnElla is studying an MA in Journalism at Goldsmiths and writes for openDemocracy on gender and sexuality. She makes collages and takes photos for fun.