Frustrated by opportunities for emerging artists to voice their opinions and concerns and inspired by punk zine Sniffin’ Glue, artist Cathy Lomax started Arty in April 2001. From its first issue Arty has tracked the subjects that its creator Cathy Lomax is preoccupied by. In its 40+ issues to date Arty's eclectic content has put fame, romance, the Deep South, white, Rome, architecture, red, dresses and Venus under the spotlight. Made up of the drawings, photographs and words of its (mainly artist) contributors, Arty doesn’t demand polished texts and artworks instead it is interested in ideas, enthusiasm and creativity.

Arty is published by Transition Editions who have also published the anthology Arty Greatest Hits which features the best of the first 16 issues of Arty.