DURA Launch Success
DURA, the new online arts review magazine, was launched at the English postgraduate party on Wednesday 19 September.
The launch was attended by the Principal, Professor Pete Downes, who spoke in favour of ventures such as DURA that involved collaboration across different disciplines, and actively sought to engage with partnerships within and beyond the University. Professor Downes emphasised the need for Universities to be outward facing, and for their work to make an impact on the wider world.
In introducing DURA, Dr Gail Low said, "The idea for Dundee Review of the Arts emerged from a conversation that took place at a seminar on independent publishing last summer when publishers were complaining about how difficult it was to keep afloat and to find audiences for their books." After listening to publishers, writers, book promoters, readers, educationalists, arts council staff and librarians discuss what was required to create a thriving book culture, she had an idea that Universities could do more to help. That idea of creating a book review magazine also grew to embrace other art forms. Dr Low said "DURA is a response to the exhortation to keep reading, teaching and talking about the arts. DURA is keen to promote the diversity of artists and art forms, and to support independent film and independent publishing as well as local and regional arts and institutions."
Members of the DURA editorial collective, Gordon Spark, Eddie Small and Louisa Cross, and website designers, Sian MacFarlane and Andrew Smith were also in attendance.
The first issue of DURA contains reviews of summer exhibitions at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), Dundee Rep’s "The Mill Lavvies" and "SheTown", films screened at the DCA and books by independent publishers such as flipped eye publishing, Waterloo Press, Polygon, Peepal Tree Press and Faber. An interview with well-known Egyptian writer, Ahdaf Soueif also features.
DURA can be viewed online at www.dura-dundee.org.uk.
DURA's editorial team are drawn from staff and students. Any student or staff at the University with a passion for the arts and a desire to write can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they want to be considered as a reviewer.
Photographs: © Sian MacFarlane
Posted: 25 September 2012