Hi~Arts wants critics

HI~Arts, the cultural development agency for the Highlands and Islands, is opening up a new opportunity for writers: to contribute reviews to its award-winning online arts magazine Northings.com

Over the past eight years Northings.com, under the guidance of Editor Kenny Mathieson, has commissioned over 1,800 professional reviews of events across the Highlands and Islands, from Shetland to Kintyre and from the Uists to Moray.

These reviews have built up a huge archive of the creativity of the are, from festivals to galleries, and from theatre productions to rock gigs.

But, even with a widespread network of reviews, Hi~Arts can’t cover everything, so the Northings.com budget can only be stretched so far!

Issuing an invitation to would-be critics to submit their reviews, Hi~Arts Director Robert Livingston said: “Northings.com is a resource for the whole of the Highlands and Islands, and we’re keen to ensure that we cover as much as possible of what’s going on in this huge area.

“And we also want to spot some new talent for our core team of reviewers!”

Writers can be based anywhere, but the events, performances, or exhibitions that they write about must be taking place in – or touring to – the Highlands and Islands (Highland, Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland).

As these reviews will be additional to the normal Northings.com reviews, HI~Arts will not be able to offer payment, although there will be a chance for some new reviewers to join the professional team.

But this will be an opportunity for new writers to exercise their writing skills and knowledge in a form that will be published and available on a popular site, and to add to the scope of coverage of the arts in this large and diverse area.

Would-be critics can submit their reviews through the Northings.com site from today, through a simple online process, by registering to join the Northings.com ‘community’.