about hasta

Welcome to HASTA, the history of art magazine affiliated with the University of St Andrews’ School of Art History. Publishing for the first time in 1983, we are the longest running publication associated with the university. Historically we published in print, but since 2015 we have worked entirely online.

We publish a variety of art and art history related pieces in different styles and formats, including feature-length studies; global art news coverage; keeping track of art and art history at the university; and information packets about individual artists.

If you are passionate about art history and the art world, then HASTA is the magazine for you! We are always keen for new writers, so please feel free to get in touch at: hasta@st-andrews.ac.uk

the committee

Nisan ıgdem - Managing editor

Nisan is a fourth year studying Art History and Comparative Literature. Originally from Istanbul, she is grateful to be raised in a city that inspired her interest in art and culture. She loves the art of the 20th century, especially Abstract Expressionism. Among her favourite artists are Mark Rothko and Fahrelnissa Zeid.

Besides art, Nisan is also interested in literature. Although her all-time favourite novel is Anna Karenina, she is trying to expand her horizons, both in arts and literature, by exploring the cultural products of marginalised communities. She believes that learning beyond the canon is what makes her Art History and her Comparative Literature degree interesting.

staff writers 

Joe Sperrin   Joe is a second year studying Art History and writes as a news writer for the HASTA magazine. His favourite artists are Hogarth, Rubens and Horst. As such he is interested in 17th Century satire, the baroque period and fashion photography in the 20th Century. Joe is particularly passionate about music, playing a number of instruments himself, and so he has a fascination in how art and music work in tandem with one another. Next year he hopes to study abroad in either Leiden or Queen’s Canada.

Joe Sperrin

Joe is a second year studying Art History and writes as a news writer for the HASTA magazine. His favourite artists are Hogarth, Rubens and Horst. As such he is interested in 17th Century satire, the baroque period and fashion photography in the 20th Century. Joe is particularly passionate about music, playing a number of instruments himself, and so he has a fascination in how art and music work in tandem with one another. Next year he hopes to study abroad in either Leiden or Queen’s Canada.

Lara Mashayekh   Originally from Los Angeles, Lara is a third-year Art History student. Her Iranian-American heritage and L.A.’s vibrant artistic scene spurred her passion for the arts at a young age. She fostered an acute interest in nonwestern modern and contemporary art and photography, namely that of Latin America. Among some of her favourite artists are Rufino Tamayo and Nicola Constantino.

Lara Mashayekh

Originally from Los Angeles, Lara is a third-year Art History student. Her Iranian-American heritage and L.A.’s vibrant artistic scene spurred her passion for the arts at a young age. She fostered an acute interest in nonwestern modern and contemporary art and photography, namely that of Latin America. Among some of her favourite artists are Rufino Tamayo and Nicola Constantino.

Eilís Doolan:   Eilís is a second year art history student. She is half Dutch and half Irish, but has grown up in Switzerland. She holds a love and interest for Dutch masters, specifically genre and interior scenes of the seventeenth century; her interests also include contemporary figurative painting, one of her favourite artists being Jenny Saville.

Eilís Doolan:

Eilís is a second year art history student. She is half Dutch and half Irish, but has grown up in Switzerland. She holds a love and interest for Dutch masters, specifically genre and interior scenes of the seventeenth century; her interests also include contemporary figurative painting, one of her favourite artists being Jenny Saville.

Anna Niederlander    Anna is a second year Art History and Management student. She is Austrian but was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. She loves art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially works produced during the Vienna Secession, which includes painting by her favorite artist Egon Schiele. She would like to peruse a career in the commercial art world.

Anna Niederlander

Anna is a second year Art History and Management student. She is Austrian but was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. She loves art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially works produced during the Vienna Secession, which includes painting by her favorite artist Egon Schiele. She would like to peruse a career in the commercial art world.

Iona Bielby   Iona Bielby is a second year student studying art history and English, hoping to use her degree in the fashion world. Her favourite element about publication is that it allows one to expose art history through a lens that is light hearted, meaningful and interesting, ultimately capturing the attention of those who study the subject and those who do not. She looks forward to writing in the News section. This is her second year writing for HASTA.

Iona Bielby

Iona Bielby is a second year student studying art history and English, hoping to use her degree in the fashion world. Her favourite element about publication is that it allows one to expose art history through a lens that is light hearted, meaningful and interesting, ultimately capturing the attention of those who study the subject and those who do not. She looks forward to writing in the News section. This is her second year writing for HASTA.

Gabriella Sotiriou:   Gabriella is a second year art history student from London. The thriving art scene in London has fuelled her interest since a young age and studying at St Andrew’s has allowed this interest to continue. Though she enjoys art from multiple eras, the art of the Rococo is what she founds particularly fascinating. However, she has a growing interest in the current art market and would love to become more involved with this in the future.

Gabriella Sotiriou:

Gabriella is a second year art history student from London. The thriving art scene in London has fuelled her interest since a young age and studying at St Andrew’s has allowed this interest to continue. Though she enjoys art from multiple eras, the art of the Rococo is what she founds particularly fascinating. However, she has a growing interest in the current art market and would love to become more involved with this in the future.

Lori Stranger

Lori Stranger

Sara Foster:   Sara is a student in the MLitt Art History programme. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in philosophy and art history. Her primary interest is the expression of identity and individuality in early-to-mid-twentieth century European and Russian art. She is most captivated by art created within these political climates that imposed collectivism and limited freedom of thought.

Sara Foster:

Sara is a student in the MLitt Art History programme. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in philosophy and art history. Her primary interest is the expression of identity and individuality in early-to-mid-twentieth century European and Russian art. She is most captivated by art created within these political climates that imposed collectivism and limited freedom of thought.

Kristy MacFarlane   Kristy is a 3rd Year English student with more than a passing interest in art. Her interest emerged at the age of seven, during an impromptu visit to the National Gallery in Edinburgh. Whether by attempting to create it, or much more successfully viewing the works of others, she always finds a way to pursue art. She is particularly interested in the intersection of art and literature, post-war art and political art. Her current favourite artists are Zdzisław Beksiński and Christian Boltanski.

Kristy MacFarlane

Kristy is a 3rd Year English student with more than a passing interest in art. Her interest emerged at the age of seven, during an impromptu visit to the National Gallery in Edinburgh. Whether by attempting to create it, or much more successfully viewing the works of others, she always finds a way to pursue art. She is particularly interested in the intersection of art and literature, post-war art and political art. Her current favourite artists are Zdzisław Beksiński and Christian Boltanski.

Aliza Wall:    Aliza is a second year studying Art History and Philosophy. Her love of art was provoked by the museums of her hometown, Boston. Although interested in many eras and artists, Aliza is particularly fond of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, and Jenny Saville. She hopes to work as a curator in the future.

Aliza Wall:

Aliza is a second year studying Art History and Philosophy. Her love of art was provoked by the museums of her hometown, Boston. Although interested in many eras and artists, Aliza is particularly fond of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, and Jenny Saville. She hopes to work as a curator in the future.

Photography by John Rattray and David Lee