AN ARTIST will tackle the age-old question 'what is art?' through her new book.

Jane Glennie, an artist and designer from Ascot, has teamed up with Robert Good to produce the book 'A New Dictionary of Art'.

The pair are funding the book through pre-orders despite some interest from publishers.

Ms Glennie said: "The definition of ‘Art’ has exercised philosophers, artists and art-lovers for centuries, yet we are no nearer a consensus of what in fact it is.

"The one term not found in most dictionaries of art is the term ‘Art’ itself. ‘A New Dictionary of Art’ takes a refreshingly alternative approach, allowing you to take your pick from over 3,000 definitions compiled from the internet via chat-rooms and discussion forums as well as from more established authorities, artists and institutions.

"Each entry is carefully alphabetised and has been valiantly edited and annotated for accuracy and completeness to the point of absurdity. By retaining the format and formality of a dictionary in this way, ‘A New Dictionary of Art’ acknowledges with humour our continuing desire for absolute knowledge and certainty."

Advance copies of 'A New Dictionary of Art' are available in paperback for £9 and hardback for £18, while the e-book costs £7.