Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield

Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, Sam Lackey will lead the second talk in the series, running alongside the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s. Join Lackey at the gallery on 7 May, as she discusses the challenges of curating in the post-medium age.

Sam Lackey is Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield where she works with colleagues on all aspects of the collections and exhibitions programme. Her original specialism was in Surrealist film; she completed a PhD that focused on the relationship between early psychology and theories of attention to surrealist film.

Lackey worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Studies in Surrealism and its Legacies before moving to curating, firstly at the Whitworth Art Gallery on the Subversive Spaces: Surrealism and Contemporary Art exhibition and then moving onto to The Hepworth Wakefield in 2010.

Current research and projects include examining plasters and prototypes, from traditional classical plaster casts used for teaching to contemporary artists’ use of the material. Other forthcoming projects include exhibitions with artists Toby Ziegler and Folkert de Jong, opening this autumn at The Hepworth Wakefield.

The series of Aesthetica Art Prize talks continues with the following:

Wednesday 21 May
James Boaden, lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in this exhibition.

Wednesday 28 May
Cherie Federico, Director of Aesthetica Magazine and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize, explains the selection process for the shortlisted artists.

Wednesday 4 June
Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society, talks about widening the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition runs until 22 June at York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. Open daily from 10am – 5pm, free admission. For more information visit

1. Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando, LIFE/FILE (2013). Courtesy of the artists and Aesthetica.