‘Ian Were is one of Australia’s most experienced and thoughtful visual arts and design writers.’
Lindy Johnson, Creative Agent for the Architecture and Design Industry, 2013
‘Ian Were is a great writer and editor specialising in the visual arts. I greatly enjoyed working with him at Object . . . and was delighted that he agreed to write a catalogue essay for JamFactory’s 40th anniversary publication.’
Brian Parkes, Chief Executive Officer, JamFactory, Adelaide, 2013
‘Ian Were writes lively and engaging material about the arts including visual arts, design and architecture.’
Janis Jefferies, Professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths College Digital Studios, London, 2013 www.gold.ac.uk/computing/staff/j-jefferies/
‘Ian is one of the most experienced and talented art and design writers in Australia. He is such a pleasure to work with.’
Antonia Syme, Director, Australian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne, 2013
‘I love the article [titled ‘Spalding and me’]. I thank you for it. Just in time for the tenth anniversary [of Gray’s death].’
John Boland, author and Web-manager for the Estate of Spalding Gray, 2014.
Object was ‘probably the most substantial, diverse and entertaining magazine right across the visual arts’.
Benjamin Genocchio, (then) art critic for The Australian, c.2000
‘We had a champion at DFAT in Neil Manton and, at the [Australia] Council, in Ian Were. They in turn got support from their superiors. We owe a lot for their trust in our promises of what we could do.’
Alison Carroll, Asialink Arts: Through the looking glass, 2012
‘Congratulations on your contribution to the new style and content of Artlines . . . it will further enhance the Gallery’s reputation for quality publishing.’
Wayne Goss, (then) Chairman, Board of Trustees, Queensland Art Gallery, 2005