Development

The New Arcadian Press flourishes under the direction of Patrick Eyres.

~ Well over a hundred artists, musicians and writers have been published. They are all recorded in the Portfolio section of this website.

~ The artists principally involved have been Chris Broughton (1986-2015) and Howard Eaglestone (since 1982) as well as (since 1997), Catherine Aldred and Andrew Naylor.

The New Arcadian Press principally publishes the New Arcadian Journal.

~ Between 1981 and 1986 the press was known as New Arcadians. The co-founders were Patrick Eyres, Ian Gardner and Grahame Jones. Eyres and Gardner collaborated on the content and design of the quarterly journal (the NAJ) and broadsheets. They also created numerous other publications: cards, small books, print folios, exhibition posters and ephemera.

~ The New Arcadian Journal began to be published annually in 1988 and as an annual double edition in 1990. It was a bi-annual in 1987.  Previously it had been a quarterly and was known first as New Arcadians (1981-1983) and then as New Arcadians’ Journal (1984-1986). Since 2016, the NAJ has been published ‘periodically’.

~ The New Arcadian Broadsheets were published as numbered companions to the NAJ. The seventy NABs were published (1981-2011) as serial pages of a Book-in-Progress. Printed onto A4 letterhead paper, they comprise pithy comments on the cultural and political environment, and are commemorative, lyric, satirical or polemic.

~ In 2012, Patrick Eyres began to initiate and edit the series of occasional ‘Surrogate NAJs, enlarged and in colour’. The first two were published on behalf of the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust: Wentworth Castle and Georgian Political Gardening (2012) and Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture (2014). The third marked the designer’s bicentenary: On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener (NAP 2018).

Patrick Eyres has benefited from the ‘invisible’ support of Wendy Frith, Chris Broughton, Peter Nix, Chris Roberts and Paul Singh.

~ Wendy Frith gallantly undertook the challenging role of copy editor from 1985 to 2000. While her vigilence ensured rigour, her consistent support and encouragement enabled the NAJ to weather coldfronts of economic and other bleaknesses. In 2018, she resumed the task of copy editor.

~ Chris Broughton (1949-2015) assisted by preparing imagery for print and for this website. From 1986 to 2003 he heroically prepared bromides from drawings; this truly herculean labour was begun by Andrew Griffiths, 1981-1985.

~ Peter Nix, on his own initiative, generously created the website in 1995 and managed it until 2009, when it was re-designed by Kevin Lycett who has subsequently managed it.

~ Chris Roberts not only introduced Patrick Eyres to Adobe Pagemaker but also facilitated the NAJ’s preparation for print throughout the 1990s.

~ Paul Singh advised on the use of Adobe InDesign, and (throughout his career) ensured the tender care with which the NAJ was consistently printed from the mid-1980s t0 2016.