The Jackdaw was founded in 2000. Its purpose is to keep interested parties informed and entertained about aspects of art that are in the news. By and large it’s pretty nasty and critical of many things, and especially of the corrupt, self-serving art establishment which stinks like a rotting carcase. If The Jackdaw isn’t amusing in parts then it has failed. It’s pretty childish sometimes too and do beware because parts of it are not entirely true – I’ll leave it up to you to believe whichever bits you like and to disregard the rest. Some of it is serious. Some of it is just downright bad. Some issues are better than others. But no other art publication dares to be like it.
The last thing I want you to think is that The Jackdaw has an agenda. On the contrary, it doesn’t believe in anything at all and, by the way: “It’s totally unsuitable for Birmingham”.
“The only (one-man) magazine daring to sock it to the contemporary art establishment … The author of this pearl of unconventional thinking, historian David Lee, is not some chuntering backwoodsman yet to catch up with Picasso, but a critically modern-minded chap. His magazine is cultural samizdat, packed with earthy jokes and scandals that are ignored elsewhere in the interests of keeping folk such as the Margate Express (Tracey Emin) or Dick Flasher (Damien Hirst) sweet” – Celia Walden, Daily Telegraph
“Intelligent”, “Bruisingly critical” – Evening Standard
“Entertaining”, “Subversive” – Daily Telegraph
“Dissident” – Sunday Times
“Lively satirical art magazine” – The Times
“Totally unsuitable for Birmingham” – Birmingham Art Gallery
“The Jackdaw? Is it a pub?” – Mrs Margi Doonham of Nottingham
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All drawings in The Jackdaw are by wood engraver Ian Stephens RE (01604 460457). Ian is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers www.banksidegallery.com/REMembers.aspx
Other cartoons are by John Ross www.johnrossart.co.uk/Jack_Daw.php
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