The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk ( is a British arts journalism website containing reviews, interviews, news and other content related to music, theatre, television, films and other art forms written by journalists from a variety of traditional and web-based publications.[1][2]

The Arts Desk
Type of site
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It launched in September 2009 as a shareholder collective. Its honorary chairman 2010–2013 was Sir John Tusa, former managing director of the BBC World Service and Barbican Arts Centre.

In 2012, it won an Online Media Award as the best specialist journalism site jointly with the website for The Economist.[3]

Notable contributors include Aleks Sierz, Jasper Rees, Matt Wolf, Ismene Brown, Joe Muggs, Tom Birchenough, David Nice, Kieron Tyler and Alexandra Coghlan.


  1. "The 25 best music websites". The Independent. 16 October 2009. p. 21. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  2. "About". The Arts Desk. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. "Online Media Awards 2014". Onlie Media Awards. Carnyx Group. 2014. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014.

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