Afterall is a Research Centre of University of the Arts London, located at Central Saint Martins. Founded in 1998 by Charles Esche and Mark Lewis, 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 in research and publishing partnership with M HKA, Antwerp; the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; and 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; and the Smart Museum of Art and the Department of Visual Arts–Open Practice Committee, University of Chicago, until 2015.

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 Asia Art Archive and 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 an AWP Internship partner organisation. Internships are supported by Artquest and the Widening Participation programme at University of the Arts London.


Directors: Charles Esche and Mark Lewis

Publishing Director: Caroline Woodley

Senior Research Fellow: Lucy Steeds

Research Fellows/Editors: David Morris

Assistant Editor: Louis Hartnoll

Programme Coordinator: Beth Bramich

Research Assistant: Rose Thompson

Afterall Online

Editors: David Morris and Caroline Woodley

Advertising Director: Berit Fischer

Design: Atwork

Programmer: Dorian Fraser Moore @ The Useful Arts Organisation

Afterall Journal

Editors: Anders Kreuger, Ute Meta Bauer and David Morris

Contributing Editors: Anca Rujoiu and Charles Stankievech

Advertising Director: Berit Fischer

Copy Editor: Janine Armin

Design: Andrew Brash, based on an original design by A2/SW/HK

Institutional Partners: M HKA, Antwerp; the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto; and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

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

Afterall Books, One Work Series

Series Editor: Mark Lewis

Editor: Caroline Woodley

Assistant Editor: Louis Hartnoll

Copy Editor: Deirdre O’Dwyer

Distribution: The MIT Press

Design: Andrew Brash, based on an original design by A2/SW/HK

Afterall Books, Exhibition Histories Series

Series Editors: Lauren Cornell, Tom Eccles, Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Lucy Steeds and John Tain

Editors: Lucy Steeds and David Morris

Assistant Editor: Louis Hartnoll

Copy Editor: Deirdre O’Dwyer

Institutional Partners: Asia Art Archive and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College

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

Design:Andrew Brash, based on an original design by 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

Editorial Board

Amanda Carneiro, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Ntone Edjabe, Barbara Fisher, Vasif Kortun, Anders Kreuger, Ana Longoni, Andre Mesquita, Wanda Nanibush, Emily Pethick, David Teh, Christine Tohmé