Based in London, Anna Wallace-Thompson is an arts writer specialising in Middle Eastern art and culture as well as tech-based artistic practices. With over a decade of experience in the field of editing and publishing, she spent 10 years with Canvas, the premier magazine for Middle Eastern art and culture, most recently as the publication's editor-at-large. She currently works at Condé Nast Britain, where she is deputy editor of contract publishing, working with clients including Deutsche Bank Wealth Management and Swarovski. She also edits The Journal, produced by the Atassi Foundation for arts and culture to promote Syrian art worldwide.

Wallace-Thompson also has experience in PR, both within an agency as well as in the capacity of communications director for London-based galleries Kashya Hildebrand and Pi Artworks, and consults on media strategy for galleries and writes a wide variety of press and catalogue texts.

Graduating in 2003 from Helsinki University with a BA in English Philology, she received her MA in English Literature from Sydney University in 2005. Wallace-Thompson has contributed to publications including Alef, Artforum, Artsy, Art in America, The Art Newspaper, Canvas, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper's Bazaar Art Middle East and RA Magazine among others.

Something of a global nomad, Wallace-Thompson grew up predominantly in the UAE, but has also lived in Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Scotland and Singapore. She is currently working on a collection of short stories inspired by the Middle East as well as chipping away at her first novel. Her creative writing has been published sporadically here and there, including The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and the Nowhere Magazine 2018 Annual.

 

*Photograph courtesy Joe Madeira