Aesthetica Art Prize 2016: Call For Entries, Longlisted Artist Mat Hay

As a photographer and artist, Hay is interested in creating and re-creating stories, either of her own or those of others. Working in large-scale staged tableau and portraiture, she uses a 5×4 field camera, medium format rangefinder, plus a digital SLR. The artist’s goal is to make visually stimulating images that possess a balance between context and form.  Intended to be engaging, often drawing on intrigue and the uncanny, the work is accessible to a wide and varied audience. True Hunting’s Over was conceived through a desire to develop a free-flowing approach to a creative methodology, wishing to push perceived boundaries of how unrelated contextual, social, historical, or visual sources of inspiration could be channelled to create a single series of images. The subject matter for each picture is derived from personal experience, the work of selected photographers and filmmakers, accounts of religious rituals as well as local folklore from the Scottish Highlands, where this project is situated.

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries, accepting submissions across a range of media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting and artists’ film. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition, publication in 100 contemporary artists, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy ofWinsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel. Selected artists are also showcased on Aesthetica’s online channels.

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1. Mat Hay, Untitled 1, 2014, from the series True Hunting’s Over. Courtesy of the artist.