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 for the past two years 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

MAGDALENA POLAK - Managing editor

Lena is a fourth year studying Art History and Russian. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she truly believes in the necessity of culture in our daily lives. Her interests in the arts are broad, spanning the visual arts, literature, theatre and opera. During her year abroad in St Petersburg, she spent her time going to the theatre, opera and the Hermitage, where James Cox’ Peacock Clock captivated her specifically. Lena is especially interested in how the arts are used to create identity. The different standing and approach towards the arts in different cultures is of great interest to her; so was she fascinated by the pulsating and ever-present love for literature and theatre in St Petersburg.

She is also passionate about the function of the human body in art, and likes making connections between various fields; her Research focus is the comparison between the role of the senses in Medieval and Contemporary Art.

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.

  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.

  Nisan Igdem   Nisan is a 3rd year Art History and Comparative Literature student. 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. 

Nisan Igdem

Nisan is a 3rd year Art History and Comparative Literature student. 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. 

  Lori Stranger

Lori Stranger

  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.

Photography by John Rattray