About us

ingénu/e magazine

An art and culture magazine for the South Downs & High Weald areas of England

Taking a stand against the uglification of the world!

We have borrowed, for our mission statement, a phrase from the brilliant 1988 movie The Unbearable Lightness of Being, directed by Philip Kaufman and based on the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, featuring Daniel Day Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. The scene – Sabina (Lena Olin) in restaurant with piped music:

“Everywhere music’s turning into noise. Look. These plastic flowers…they even put them in water! And look out there, those buildings – the uglification of the world. The only place we can find beauty is if its persecutors have overlooked it. It’s a planetary process…and I can’t stand it.”

the meaning of the word ingénue

In modern parlance the word ingénue tends to have a feminine slant in its usage, referring usually to a young creative girl or woman who is endearingly innocent and wholesome, very new to an artistic genre. As our magazine primarily exists to promote emerging and re-emerging creative talent of any genre, and most creative beings who are venturing forth on their career trajectories collide like sheep amongst wolves with such un-aesthetic things as economics, critics and the psychotic media, we thought the word quite appropriate for a title. Ingénu is the masculine form and ingénue the feminine form of the word and so we have coined the name ingénu/e.

‘L’Ingénu’ is a novella by the French writer Voltaire, published in 1767. The main character’s literal understanding of society and its values serves as both comic and satirical comment.

The word ingénue, meaning ‘an innocent or unsophisticated young woman’, is first recorded in English in Thackeray’s ‘Vanity Fair’ in 1848.

For those who have perhaps come across it for the first time, here is an audio/visual link to demonstrate how to pronounce the word ‘ingénue’.

How to pronounce ingénue

the printed magazine

ingénu/e is a free B5 size quarterly magazine which covers the South Downs and High Weald areas of the UK, with outlets in most cities and towns and some villages. The area incorporates Sussex and a little of West Kent, see Outlets for further details. The printed magazine has a large subscriber and mailing list and can also be picked up from various outlets such as cafés, art centres, libraries, theatres, hotels, tourist information centres and visitor centres, some art supply shops and bookshops, galleries etc. The readership is 10,000 plus.

ingénu/e magazine’s raison d’être is to promote emerging creative talent of any genre, thus giving a platform to those who would otherwise find it hard to reach a wider audience. ingénu/e also aims to keep readers up to date with cultural events coming to their area.

ingénu/e covers all fields of creativity: visual arts such as painting, photography, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, contemporary crafts; performing arts such as theatre, film, music, dance; as well as literature, illustration, design, even fashion and food. Creatives of all kinds often like to share their knowledge, so creative courses are also featured regularly.

Through the printed magazine and website, ingénu/e aims to give advertisers a marketing avenue to their intended audience.

the team

ingénu/e is the creation of husband and wife team Roger & Gill Kaye, with the aid of a few wonderful volunteers who help with occasional articles and some of the distribution of the magazine.

Rog in oxford cropRoger has spent much of his working life in sales and marketing. He is a writer and musician, and also has many years’ experience as a music editor for a magazine. He’s not a fan of the more extreme examples of modern art and generally doesn’t take life too seriously!

Gill Muse 1stbdy_cropA magazine editor of some years’ standing, Gill has also worked in PR and marketing. As well as being an accomplished copywriter and proofreader, with a keen eye for the misplaced apostrophe, Gill is an artist in her own right, currently specialising in portraiture.


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