Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talk: Bridging the Real and Virtual Spheres

The fifth talk in the series of free lunchtime talks takes place at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, on Thursday 12 May at 12.30pm. This talk, Bridging the Real and Virtual Spheres, is led by Sarah Brown, Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery.

Brown examines the connections and disparities between works influenced by real and virtual spheres. Drawing on themes from British Art Show 8, she will reflect on artists’ engagement with the material world and its relationship to digital cultures. Audiences are invited to join Brown for this talk in the gallery space, which will be enriched by the works on display as part of the fourth Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition.

The show features captivating projects by 10 shortlisted artists, spanning photography, film, painting, installation and sculpture. From ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology, this year’s presentation instigates a cohesive commentary on the way we inhabit the earth. Questions of material and personal value align with definitions of virtual and physical realms; depictions of natural landscapes defy tangible realities; and an awareness of time is envisaged in elements of light and sound.

Bridging the Real and Virtual Spheres, Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. 12 May, 12.30pm-1pm. Free Admission.

1. Sali Muller, Walls Have Ears (2015). Longlisted artist, Aesthetica Art Prize 2016.