Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space creating publications, conferences, cultural events, web media and films. He is a member of AICA (International Art Critics Association).
Educated at Essex University (1976-79) and Goldsmiths’ College he studied Art History, specialising in twentieth century British Art, in particular the relationship between artists and architects through ‘The Independent Group’ and British Art of the 1950’s. He began his career in the Fine Art and Exhibition Departments of the Castle Museum, Nottingham, where his most significant production was an important and influential survey of work by women artists, ‘The Women’s Art Show 1550 – 1960’.
In 1983 he began working as an art commissions agent developing contemporary art for public places for health authorities, local authorities, private companies and property developers. From 1987 – 1999 he worked with contemporary artists as owner and director of art galleries in London and Paris.
Since then he has concentrated on writing about art, photography, architecture and heritage for publications including Public Art Review, Evening Standard, Art Quarterly, University of the Arts London Magazine, The Art Newspaper, NADFAS Journal, nouvelle Revue d’esthétique, Building Design, Sculpture Magazine (China), State-of-Art, State/ f22, Hotshoe, Photoicon and reviews art and architecture for Culture Critic. He wrote 35 entries for 1001 Buildings you must see before you die, New Burlington Books, 2007.
In 2005 he initiated the National Public Art Conference Programme, programming and organising national symposiums linking art, architecture and urban themes including: Digital Media, Art & Health, Art & Sound.
In 2009 he developed and partnered the International Directory of Sculpture Parks and Gardens, with Birkbeck, University of London.
In 2010 the A&AJ Press was launched with the publication of FLASH@Hebburn Urban Art in the new Century by Charles Quick.
In 2010 he made a two-month cultural tour of Brasil, Uruguay and Argentina investigating art projects in favelas, Inhotim, the Bienal del Chaco in Argentina, regeneration in Rio de Janeiro and the plans for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
In 2011, with Jonathan Vickery, he wrote the thematic entry on ‘Public art in the twenty-first century‘ for Grove Art Online / Oxford University Press; and ‘Public Art in the new Millennium’ for (Dis)Locations: Exile, Topology, Relocation, a compendium of contemporary public art / space thinking published by the Master of Art & Design for the Public Space, Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto.
As director and producer for AAJ Press Films he is creating a series of interviews as an online resource with artists, architects and urban thinkers including Christo, Joseph Kosuth and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
He is currently writing an Anthology of Art in Fiction, a survey of the artist in novels, poetry and theatre that examines literary techniques such as ekphrasis and traces a chronology and context of art in fiction to examine how the perception of the artist’s milieu developed to define the role ot the artist as magician – bohemian – visionary – courtier – businessman and outsider.