Afterall is a research and publishing organisation based in London. Founded in 1998 by Charles Esche and Mark Lewis at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Afterall focuses on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context.

Afterall, a journal of art, context and enquiry, was launched in 1999. Afterall offers in-depth analysis of artists' work, along with essays that broaden the context in which to understand it. The journal is published by Central Saint Martins with M HKA, Antwerp and the Department of Visual Arts–Open Practice Committee (DOVA–OPC), University of Chicago in association with The University of Chicago Press. It was co-published with California Institute of the Arts from 2002 to 2009 and subsequently published in association with Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA) arteypensamiento, Seville until 2014.

In April 2006 Afterall Books was launched with two new strands of publications to complement the journal: One Work and Critical Readers. The One Work series is a library of small books, each title focusing on one important work of contemporary art through a single text. The Critical Readers look at significant areas of modern and contemporary art practice through the commissioning and reprinting of a collection of key texts, artists' statements and manifestos. In 2010, Exhibition Histories, a new series offering critical analysis of exhibitions of contemporary art, was launched in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and with support from Mudam, Luxembourg. Exhibition Histories is currently published in association with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Afterall Online continues the lines of enquiry explored through the journal and the books. It features specially commissioned and regularly updated material including interviews with artists about their art practice, photo-essays and texts on artist's projects, books and events.

Afterall also organises events including screenings, workshops, seminars and conferences in relation to its different research and publication projects, in London and elsewhere.

Afterall is a member of Common Practice, an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary arts sector in London.

Afterall encourages proposals for all its projects. For essay pitches for Afterall Online or Afterall journal, or proposals for Afterall Books, please email contact[at]afterall[dot]org with a short description of your proposal and your CV. We regret to say that due to the number of pitches we receive, we cannot guarantee a personal response to each one.

Afterall welcomes funded placements for internships. Please sign up to our mailing list for news about employment opportunities. Afterall is part of Artquest's Widening Participation internship programme.


Editorial Directors: Charles Esche and Mark Lewis

Publishing Director: Caroline Woodley

Manager: Joyce Cronin

Afterall Online

Editors: Melissa Gronlund and Helena Vilalta

Associate Editor: Louise O'Hare

Advertising Director: Berit Fischer

Design: Atwork

Programmer: Dorian Fraser Moore @ The Useful Arts Organisation

Afterall Journal

Editorial Group: Zachary Cahill, Melissa Gronlund, Anders Kreuger and Helena Vilalta

Editors: David Morris and Helena Vilalta

Associate Editor: Louise O'Hare

Research Assistant: Ambra Gattiglia

Widening Participation Intern: Harriet Foyster

Advertising Director: Berit Fischer

Art Direction & Typography Design: A2/SW/HK: Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel

Institutional Partners: M HKA, Antwerp and the Department of Visual Arts–Open Practice Committee (DOVA–OPC), University of Chicago

Subscription Management and Distribution: The University of Chicago Press (UCP)

Afterall Books, One Work Series

Series Editor: Mark Lewis

Editor: Caroline Woodley

Associate Editor: Line Ellegaard

Distribution: The MIT Press

Art Direction & Typography Design: A2/SW/HK: Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel

Afterall Books, Exhibition Histories Series

Series Editors: Tom Eccles, Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Paul O’Neill and Lucy Steeds

Editor: Lucy Steeds

Associate Editors: Line Ellegaard and David Morris

Institutional Partner: Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College

Distribution: Koenig Books (Europe), D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers (outside Europe)

Design: APFEL - A Practice for Everyday Life

Afterall Critical Readers

Series Editors: Charles Esche and Caroline Woodley

Guest Editors: Sven Lütticken; Lars Bang Larsen; Will Bradley; Tanya Leighton; IRWIN

Distribution and Publishing Partners: Koenig Books (Europe), D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers (outside Europe); Tate Publishing; The MIT Press

Design: Kaisa Lassinaro

Afterall Film Club

Event Programmers: Joyce Cronin and Louise O'Hare

Editorial Board

Will Bradley, Bart De Baere, Mark Dunhill, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Kodwo Eshun, Elena Filipovic, Jean Fisher, Eungie Joo, Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente, Dieter Lesage, Jeremy Millar, Emily Pethick, Dieter Roelstraete, Alex Sainsbury, Andreas Spiegl, Anne Tallentire, Jan Verwoert, Catherine Wood