Conceptual Dialogues

Conceptual Dialogues

Those attending the Future Now Symposium will have an added opportunity to round off the informative programme of events and discussions – an exclusive invitation to a Private View at which the shortlist for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize will be unveiled, and the winners announced before the works go on show to the public. It will also be a chance to see the new exhibition space for the finalists, as the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 is taking place for the first time at York Art Gallery.

The evening will see both the winner of the main prize and the Emerging Art Prize named at an awards ceremony. Now in its 11th year, the prize is a high-profile celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work. The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. The 16 artists shortlisted for this year’s prize address themes which resonate with those addressed by the Future Now, including alienation in the digital age, the intersection between private and public spaces, sensory experiences and the transient nature of life.

Last year’s finalists included Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY]; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London. Previous year’s finalists included John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Those holding a Symposium Pass will have free entry to the evening’s event, with refreshments, opportunities to network with delegates, and admission to the awards ceremony within the refurbished Gallery. The Future Now Symposium 2017 will take place at York St John University YO31 7EX in the city of York, UK. All sessions are hosted on the university campus. A one-day (£24) pass will admit you to up to four sessions on the day you attend. A two-day pass (£36) will admit you to up to four sessions on each day of the Symposium. Lunch, and a mid-morning coffee break is included with your pass.

Private View and Prize Giving Event: Thursday 25 May, 18:30 – 20:30, York Art Gallery. Passes can be purchased via the website:

1. Yael Portabales, Lady of the Strainer. Courtesy of the artist.