Common Practice


Afterall is a research and publishing organisation based in London. Founded in 1998 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, Afterall focuses on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context.

Afterall publishes Afterall journal, the One Work book series, the Exhibition Histories book series, and Afterall Critical Readers.

Afterall, a journal of art, context and enquiry, was launched 1999 Afterall. It offers in-depth analysis of artists work, along with essays that broaden the context in which to understand it. The journal is published in editorial and research partnership with M HKA, Antwerp and UNIA arte y pensamiento, Seville and in association with The University of Chicago Press.

Afterall Books was launched in April 2006, with two new strands of publications to complement the journal: One Work and a series of Afterall Critical Readers. One Work is a library of small books, each title focusing on one important work of contemporary art through a single text. Afterall Critical Readers look at significant areas of modern and contemporary art practice through the commissioning and reprinting of a collection of key texts, artists statements and manifestos. Exhibition Histories, was launched in 2010 in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, with a focus on the history of contemporary exhibition practice.

Afterall also organises events including screenings, workshops, seminars and conferences in relation to its different research and publication projects, in London and elsewhere.