Contemporary Lynx is an arts organisation launched in January 2013 by art historians Dobromiła Błaszczyk and Sylwia Krasoń, registered in the UK with the offices in London and Warsaw. In 2013 Contemporary Lynx was created as a platform to encourage an appreciation and understanding of Polish contemporary art by a wide audience. Since then, our organisation has grown and evolved. Today, our core activity is publishing two art magazines:
- Contemporary Lynx Weekly – an online magazine with a focus on Polish and Central European art;
- Contemporary Lynx Magazine in Print with a curated content on the latest trends in the international visual arts, design, photography and collecting.
Our publishing activity is complimented by a rich and ongoing programme of art events (discussion panels, networkings, workshops) organised in collaboration with partners in various locations in Europe.
Contemporary Lynx Limited is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee no. 8858901 in England and Wales.
Contemporary Lynx Magazine in Print is an international and independent publication for art, design, collecting and photography on visual culture. With specially commissioned artwork, bespoke cover and a specific theme, it includes interviews with key figures in the art world and a range of insightful essays that debate current trends in arts.
The magazine is printed biannually on the premium paper with a special artistic cover and international distribution among others at the top art fairs worldwide. The first issue was launched in April 2015, following two online issues published in 2014. So far, we published twelve issues on thorough-researched topics such as: The Economy in the Art World, Aesthetics of the 90s, Migration, New Media Art, Art for All, Artificial Intelligence and Visionaries.
Our unique and award-winning covers:
We believe in the power of a cover. All our covers are unique and stand out because we work closely with emerging artists, use special printing technique or even we hand-paint them. For instance: in 2017, we collaborated with street artist Sławek Zbiok Czajkowski. He hand-painted every single magazine cover during a three-day-long artistic action at the art venue in Szczecin (PL). Zbiok, by using all the covers as a canvas, created an enormous work of art (11 x 16 m). Each reader could own a piece of his work.
Check the story behind our covers:
- Central Books, Magzter, Vice Versa and PolPerfect.
- Available in selected shops and galleries in the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.
- The magazine has been regularly presented at the press stands during the art fairs: Frieze (edition in: London, Los Angeles, New York), Art Basel (edition in: Basel, Miami Beach and Honk Kong), Liste in Basel, Art Brussels, Artissima Art Fair in Turin, viennacontemporary art fair.
- Digital version of printed Contemporary Lynx Magazine is available on Magzter — the world’s largest magazine platform.
Contemporary Lynx Weekly is an online magazine that remains the ultimate foreigner’s guide to contemporary art and culture from Poland and Central European countries.
Every week we publish a set of articles, providing a unique perspective on visual culture from the region:
- Interviews with artists, designers and photographers on their practice
- Reports from art festivals, biennales and art fairs
- Discussions with curators and collectors
- Briefings on current trends, technologies, experimental music
- Calendar: Events & exhibitions listening on Polish artists exhibiting around the world
- Essays and exhibitions reviews
- Weekly dose of inspirational art quote
- Artists’ experience on residencies
Since 2018, we organise “Young Lynxes”- Portfolio Open Call for Visual Artists. Our aim is to promote emerging and established artists and give them the exposure to an international audience.
BEYOND THE MAGAZINE
Contemporary Lynx is a springboard for further activities happening beyond the Internet:
Debates, art events and art fairs – our publishing activity is complimented by a rich programme of art events organised by our team or in collaboration with partners, happening in various locations throughout the year.
At our debates, we bring together thought-leaders and culture champions to discuss current issues in the fields of collecting art, new waves in photography, publishing indie magazines, culture sponsorship and the art market. We organised the debates in collaboration with the Polish Embassy in London, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Fitzrovia Gallery in London, Polish Culture Institute in London, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, Warsaw Art Book Fair.
We also organise creative artistic events to celebrate the publication of new issues of the print magazines along with our readers and friends. We invite visual artists, designers, photographers and DJs. The events included: the magazine launch at Calvert 22 Foundation in London, the artistic performance of hand-painted magazine’s covers at the TRAFO in Szczecin, live drawing at the Salon Zimowy in Warsaw, set of art events during Hackney WickED Festival in London.
Contemporary Lynx team regularly participates in the most prestigious art fairs around the world. The print magazine has been presented at the press stands at the following fairs: Art Basel in Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and Hong Kong, Frieze London, Art Brussels, Artissima Art Fair in Turin, LISTE Basel, Viennacontemporary Art Fair and Artmarket Budapest.
Contemporary Lynx links with prestigious art and culture festivals, significant exhibitions and exceptional events worldwide. We were the media partner with many festivals i.e. Photomonth in Kraków, Photofestival in Łódź, Hackney WickED Festival, Łódź Design Festival, Land Art Festival and many more.
Lifelong learning is a necessity in today’s fast-paced world and job market. For that reason, the Contemporary Lynx editors – Sylwia Krasoń and Dobromiła Błaszczyk provide workshops to share their experience, knowledge and know-how from the publishing industry and inspire people to take on new challenges. Their workshops are highly interactive and actively engage participants by stimulating new ideas and approaches. At the ‘Storytelling for Creatives’ workshop, participants learn how to identify their audience, apply a universal framework to present a project in a clear and compelling way, and engage emotions in order to promote a project or a product. ‘How to Make a Magazine’ teaches how to create a title, build engaging content and layout, and promote and communicate the end product. The editors provide plenty of examples based on their international experience and share the best tips from the global slow publishing industry.
To learn more about the workshops and for booking, email us on
LYNX CONCEPT STORE
Lynx Concept Store – is a carefully curated online shop for limited edition art, prints, photography, as well as top quality craft, jewellery, ceramics, photobooks and catalogues. The shop offers the very best of handpicked Polish products “with soul”, each with a compelling story. The offer is focused on beautiful collectible items and publications about visual arts, design and photography. We also collaborate with independent designers and artists to create unique and specially commission items.
Why did we call ourselves Contemporary Lynx?
A lynx ( /ˈlɪŋks/;plural lynx or lynxes) is a medium-sized wildcat considered an elusive and mysterious creature with exceptional eyesight. The name “lynx” originated in Middle English via Latin, meaning “light, brightness”. At Contemporary Lynx, we draw on this archaic and lesser-known concept and channel it into the innovative and inquisitive mission of our organisation.
Contemporary Lynx means to be:
- constantly on the lookout for new and emerging artists
- to have a sharp eye for talent
- to hunt for news on the Polish conceptual art scene with precision and keen eye for detail
- to shed light on the best Polish contemporary art taking place abroad
- to be the first to share information on this exciting and vibrant art scene
PLEASE JOIN THE CONVERSATION WITH CONTEMPORARY LYNX ON:
Twitter > @Lynx_art
Facebook > @ContemporaryLynx
Pinterest > @ContemporaryLynx, @lynxartnow
Instagram > @ContemporaryLynx
Google+ > @ContemporaryLynx
via the hashtags #ContemporaryLynx #Lynx_art