Isa Hemphrey

Art Journalist

Welcome to my online portfolio. Here you will find my published work, résumé and how to get in touch.



Below is my most recent published work and links to where you can read the articles. For my full portfolio, please click on the link below.

The Rochester Tales 

Winter 2019 - Timeless Travels

I was born and raised in the region of Medway in Kent, which is home to the Dickensian town of Rochester. But until recently, I never knew Rochester’s rich history. Discover with me the bountiful stories to be found, both fictional and real, as we travel from the top of a castle down to the cobbled streets.

When in Rome: Utrecht's Followers of Caravaggio

March 2019, Discover Benelux

An old zen proverb states that to follow the path in any discipline, you must first find the master. Then, you must follow them, walk with them and see through them to finally become the master yourself. In the early 17th century, three young Dutch artists arrived in Rome to walk this path.

Flemish Masters 2019: The World of Bruegel

January 2019, Discover Benelux

Continuing a three-year programme, Flanders will be hosting multiple events
celebrating the 450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s passing. After last year’s bountiful exploration of artist Peter Paul Rubens, Discover Benelux explores what Flanders has in store for 2019.

Photo: 'Study of Two Models' by Isa Hemphrey


About me

For a long time I believed I would become a professional artist. But then I discovered the potential of using the written word instead of a brush or pencil to create. So, to the surprise of many, I instead chose a career in journalism. Communicating art through the written word is a challenging but rewarding pursuit. Getting to see incredible works of art, researching and discussing them with experts is the best part of my job. 

Art journalism should connect the art industry to the masses, it should encourage people to seek out art, help them see the world differently and maybe even explore their own creativity. Art is a powerful force that helps us understand ourselves, our history, the world and other people. Nobody should be deprived of this.

Currently reading... 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding

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 Work experience & Education 

Freelance Journalist

Has so far predominately written about Dutch and Flemish art for Discover Benelux and Timeless Travels magazine. Currently working on exhibition reviews for local shows in Medway and Kent.

Writer - Discover Benelux

Wrote features centred on fine art and culture for an in-flight travel magazine for the Benelux region. Have written about subjects such as Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer and the Dutch fishing industry.

Copy Editor - Scan Group

Edited copy for Scan Group’s three in-flight magazines and online publications: Discover Benelux, Discover Germany and Scan Magazine. The publications cover leisure, business, design and culture.

BA Journalism - Kingston University

Areas of knowledge: Media law, journalism ethics, feature writing, news writing, social media, SEO and blogging. Wrote a dissertation on the effects of open journalism using the Guardian as a case study.

Production Journalism - National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

Teaches the fundamentals of sub-editing and design for newspapers, magazines and online.


Press Holland Awards 2017
‘Hieronymus Bosch: An Arbiter of Sinners’
Discover Benelux – March 2016

Press Holland Awards 2018

‘The Bountiful North Sea: Scheveningen’s Proud Fishing Heritage’

Discover Benelux – January 2017


Press Holland Awards 2019

'Connecting With Escher'

Timeless Travels - Autumn 2018


'Pride of Place: The Cultural Exchange of England and the Netherlands'

Discover Benelux - September 2018


Screenwriting, films, music and reading.



Words of praise from professionals I have worked with in the past.

"Whenever Isa is working on a project, she goes all in. She will find out everything there is to know about a subject and even challenge experts with tough questions until she has all the information she needs. This makes her work original, thought-provoking and compelling to read."

Anna Villeleger - Editor of Discover Benelux

"Isa comes up with interesting feature ideas for Discover Benelux and is extremely knowledgeable in the fields of art and culture. Her work is a pleasure to read and she's always very professional."

Photo: 'Girl With Red Nail Polish' by Isa Hemphrey



Thank you for reviewing my portfolio. Please get in touch to find out more.

Photo: '2+2=5' by Isa Hemphrey

Kent, United Kingdom

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"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"

Vincent van Gogh


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