Thursday, January 3, 2013

So long for now, with thanks

At first I was tempted to title this post "So long, and thanks for all the fish"--what slightly web-friendly geek couldn't resist a Douglas Adams reference, y'know?--but have decided to just keep it simple.

Basically, after 6 years of combining freelance, contract and part-time work, I yesterday began a full-time position as online editor at Canadian Art.

I have felt lucky to be able to work as a freelancer, particularly in the realm of art criticism and editing. It worked for me for a long time, but now seems like a good time to transition into a full-time gig.

The upshot of this is--since I don't have the energy levels I once did--is that I will not be doing any more freelancing, tweeting or blogging in an independent sense. (Obviously, to readers of this blog, my activity in this realm has been tailing off for some time, but now I'm drawing the line!) I know there are lots of talented people out there who have the energy to work full-time and do freelance stuff as well, but I'm just not there at the moment.

So with that, just want to say thanks to anyone who read or commented on this blog, or who helped me with a story or post. I have benefited from a lot of support and opportunities in this realm, and for that I am grateful.

Speaking of that, here's a couple of links to my last couple of freelanceish era pieces:

-a profile of Jessica Bradley in the Toronto Star

-my top 3 year-end bests at Canadian Art

If you want to reach me for anything art-related in future, best to contact me at lsandals@canadianart.ca. If you'd like to see what I'm writing and tweeting, I will be doing that (along with many other talented colleagues) at canadianart.ca and twitter.com/canartca.

Thanks again to readers of this blog! I feel lucky to have connected with so many people who are passionate about art and culture in Canada. I will be leaving the blog as is for archival purposes until (who knows?) I or anyone else may need it again : )

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Leah. You have helped me to feel close to Toronto from afar, and even though your online presence won't be so casual, I look forward to future following...

Leah Sandals said...

Merci anonymous person!

Anonymous said...

I hope this gig doesn't take anything away from all those years of exploring institutions ( both governance and relevance )in the future. You have been certainly one of the.... how do you say less than a few without it being two?. At the same time, your writing also highlighted artists whose practice extended to maintenance which I thoroughly enjoyed. Someday, I always thought you would link these two topics and maybe a true and honest discussion would follow. Anyways, good on you.
mashley

Leah Sandals said...

Thanks mashley! I want to figure out how to continue doing that stuff too. I appreciate your point about melding the two interests... hmm... something to think about. Thanks for the encouragement!

J Atsimpleposie said...

Lucky Canadian Art!

Leah Sandals said...

Thanks Jennifer!