Freelance art writer, editor and curator
Anna McNay comes from an academic background, as a doctoral candidate, tutor, and lecturer in German and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In autumn 2013, she completed an MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, writing papers on the Contemporary Sublime; Art Nouveau, Rodin and Hysteria; imagery of the Madonna and Child in Renaissance Art; a research project on LGBT art; and a dissertation on Presence and Absence in the Representation of the Female Body in the Work of Marina Abramović and Ana Mendieta.
Since January 2011, she has been working as a freelance art writer and editor. She is former Arts Editor for DIVA magazine (2012-2016), Deputy Editor for State media (2013-2017), and Assistant Editor for Art Quarterly magazine (with Art Fund, 2017-2020). McNay writes catalogue essays, reviews, interviews and profiles for various online and print publications, including Studio International, Photomonitor, Elephant, The Flux Review and Art Quarterly. She also conducts interviews to camera (for Studio International) and live, at in conversation events, in galleries and art schools.
An archive of her writing, with links to full articles where appropriate, can be found on her blog, art-Corpus.
McNay is an NCTJ qualified production journalist, who won the #HoldTheFrontPage Award for best production journalist in 2015.
McNay served on the AICA UK executive committee as Web Editor from 2016-2020.
She also curates exhibitions in the UK and abroad, with recent forays being 'Made in Britain' at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland, in 2019, and 'Beyond Other Horizons' at the Palace of Culture in Iasi, Romania, in 2020.
Her particular interests lie in art that relates to representations of the body, gender and sexuality.