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 September 2010, after an extended period of illness, she decided to transfer her research skills to the art world, beginning with a research internship at Turner Contemporary, Margate. From May - September 2011, she held an exhibitions assistant internship at Matt Roberts Arts. May 2011 saw her debut curatorial effort, with [ Word Incarnate ] at Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells.
Since January 2011, she has been a regular contributor to the online art journal Studio International, for whom she writes and presents video interviews and reviews. She's an Assistant Editor for Art Quarterly (Art Fund), former Deputy Editor for State media and former Arts Editor for DIVA magazine. She also writes catalogue essays, reviews, interviews and profiles for various online and print publications, including Photomonitor, a-n Interface, Art Zip, Complex, RA Magazine, Platea, Elephant, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, and works as a freelance writer and editor, including proofreading let's sandbox, guest editing an issue of Art Selector on the theme of Text in Art, and being part of the original SLIK magazine team. All of this, as well as various further reviews and interviews, can be read on her blog. She's a member of the NUJ and WiJ and AICA and is NCTJ certified.
In autumn 2013, she completed an MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.
Profession : Journalist