Heather Waddell

Heather Waddell is an author, art critic, biographer, and was a publisher. In 1980 she created the Art Guide series to London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Australia, and sold the series in 1987 to A&C Black, now part of Bloomsbury. Her books include: London Art and Artist’s Guide (12 editions so far); The Artists’ Directory; A Handbook to the Contemporary British Art World (3 edns); The London Art World 1979-99; Henri Goetz: Fifty Years of Painting, and many artist catalogues.

She has contributed to L’Ecosse; lumiere, granit et vent and Londres (Editions Autrement, France); The London Encyclopaedia (3 editions, Macmillan); Art Criticism in Africa; Blue Guide to Spain; Time Out‘s guides to London and New York (visual arts editor of many editions in the 1990s). She has written as an art critic for Vie des Arts (London correspondent 1979-89), the Herald, the Independent and Independent on Sunday, and the Times, as well as international art magazines, and is a freelance art critic on BBC World TV (2014-). Twenty of her artist/art world photo portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery photography collection. She gave a lecture on “West End Families 1880-1970; When Glasgow Was Second City of the British Empire” at the West End Festival in 2018.