Following the launch of CANNED in August, our team has actively sought out ways to further the magazine as an exciting, break-through arts publication. Maintaining the high visual and literary standard set in the first issue, we have concentrated on building an improved framework to support artists and writers, all the time allowing CANNED’s identity to progress with any resulting developments.

Aspiring to provide contributors greater opportunities for career progression we have expanded networks and tightened the magazine to improve the reading experience as a whole. For this reason the content in this edition centres on a particular theme; a decision which we not only felt would prove an exciting challenge but would give CANNED clear direction going forth. This change provides writers with a common starting point from where to springboard their own reflections and opinions, enlivening and enriching the discussion, and developing a closer relationship and interchangeable dialogue between articles.

With a focus on this year’s Turner Prize and emerging projects such as CANNED and The NewBridge Project, we asked for this edition that contributors consider the coexistence of emerging art with more mainstream, established art. From an insightful interview with 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey to more extensive critical discourse on the state of art education, we are thrilled that this second edition of CANNED holds a great range of styles and texts, with articles which are altogether experiential, analytical and theoretical.

Also new is a designated space within the centrefold pages of the magazine for a specific artist image. As a platform for artists, one of the key aims of CANNED is to provide greater exposure of artists’ work, and with artists responding very positively to the callout we have come to realise that it is an invaluable new addition to the magazine. Showing within the centrefold for this edition is a gripping and immersive image by Jane Topping, entitled Black Magic. It is an image which not only sets a precedent for works to come but works brilliantly with the graphics created by our design team.

We hope that the steps this magazine has taken already will continue with future issues and that you enjoy reading CANNED as much as we enjoy creating it.

Rory Biddulph and Iris Priest

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