Lund Humphries relaunches as indie publisher

Lund Humphries relaunches as indie publisher

Art-book publisher Lund Humphries has relaunched as an independent publishing company after splitting from the Ashgate Publishing Group earlier this year.

Lund Humphries had been part of the Ashgate Publishing Group since 1999, but separated from the rest of the group following the sale of humanities and social sciences publisher Ashgate Publishing Ltd to the Informa Group in July 2015 for £20m. It is now an independent publishing imprint owned by Nigel Farrow, former chairman of the Ashgate Publishing Group.

Commissioning editor Val Rose has joined the Lund Humphries team from Ashgate with a specific remit to develop Lund Humphries’ professional publishing on the arts, including a new professionally-oriented list in architecture and related areas of design.

Eleanor Hooker, formerly marketing manager at Pickering & Chatto, has been recruited to manage Lund Humphries’ worldwide sales, while Independent Publishers Group will distribute Lund Humphries’ printed books in North America, and e-books worldwide, from 1st January 2016.

Farrow said: “Lund Humphries has been an essential part of the British art world since the days of Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson. More recently it has expanded its coverage internationally to include more areas of the visual arts. There is a future in well-illustrated and authoritatively written books and the future is exciting.”

Managing director Lucy Myers said: “We intend to retain our specialist focus but to expand our publishing in logical ways from our core in Modern British art. That includes developing a more international profile to the list, identifying opportunities for partnerships, particularly with museums, and expanding the professional side of our publishing.”

One of the first initatives the company has launched is the international Contemporary Painters series, edited by US art critic Barry Schwabsky supported by an international advisory board, which is being commissioned for launch in 2017.

Lund Humphries’ new website is currently offering free postage on all UK orders, and a special 20% launch discount until 31 December 2015.

In July, Taylor & Francis's parent company Informa Ashgate, based in Farnham, Surrey, for £20m.  Ashgate had 14,000 titles at the time.