We didn’t start with a mission statement. What brought the group of individuals together who produced this issue of CANNED magazine was the momentum and ethos we all shared as part of The New Bridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne. All of the individuals who took part in establishing CANNED magazine have brought on board something unique from their own interests, experience and intentions, consolidated as a whole in what we hope is a magazine that is visually exciting and conceptually engaging. We regard CANNED as an opportunity to develop a synergy between art and writing and to extend the dialogues, collaboration and exchange initiated by The New Bridge Project but also as a means for furthering opportunities and disseminating art and ideas beyond a specific locale.
When we embarked on producing this new publication, it was in a combined dedication to creating an all-encompassing platform for anyone, irrespective of background or professional merit, who wanted to have a voice within this discourse of contemporary art. Through CANNED, we want to actively disseminate unheard opinions, exposing the extraordinary wealth of ideas, artworks and information that exist, though are not always received, nationally and internationally. Foremost, this magazine aims to present new dialogues and initiate the exchange of ideas under the banner of contemporary arts practice. It is an indiscriminate and ethically oriented support framework that has already seen submissions from individuals across the globe, in various stages of professional development.
For this inaugural edition we are pleased to bring together a collection of articles whose scope and variety is reflective of the rich diversity of perspectives and opinions engaged in a critical dialogue with contemporary Art and cultural concerns synonymous with CANNED’s own ideals and intentions. From incidental reveries on the currency of language to critical examinations of high profile public art projects, we have found these contributions to be dynamic, informative and challenging and we hope, in reading them, you do also.
Rory Biddulph and Iris Priest (Canned editors)