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 2014. The site was inundated with requests to write about Yorkshire, then the north – and articles were shared around the world. In 2015 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 or pitch an idea to us here.
For general enquiries, e-mail Jack Simpson at email@example.com
For marketing, advertising and partnership enquiries, email Lisa Hibbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
For editorial enquiries, e-mail Maja Lorkowska at email@example.com
Jack SimpsonJack co-founded TSOTA, and has worked on a wide range of creative projects over the last 15 years. His interests span art, philosophy and politics.
- Head of Marketing, Partnerships & Advertising
Lisa HibbertLisa has oodles of experience from founding a digital music-marketing agency, and loves developing new business relationships and innovative projects.
Maja LorkowskaMaja has a soft spot for the Polish School of Posters, is fascinated by ideas of tradition and belonging, and the relationship between art and craft.
Will Baldwin PaskWill's interests cover a range of culture trends that shape the worlds of film, music, the arts as well as community issues, especially in the North.