art writing

Kay is co-author of three Thames and Hudson artists’ monographs, the first on the internationally renowned land artist Chris Drury (Silent Spaces, 1998, 2004) and on the landscape artist Philip Hughes (Tracks, 2012) and Notebooks (2024). Tracks was named as ‘Picture Book of the Week’ by both The Guardian and the New Statesman. Kay has also written catalogue essays for a number of artists, including Walter Bailey and Alison Lapper, and has contributed to the editorial work of the cultural journal Fourth Door Review.

Silent Spaces is available to buy at Amazon

‘Tracks’ is available to buy here


Kay has conducted research for Brighton University, Eastbourne Health Council and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and was commissioned by Arts in Healthcare to write a memorial history of a neo-Gothic hospital, resulting in the book A Breath of Heaven, Rosewell Publishing. Available from the author.