Future Now Symposium: Book Your Sessions & Meet the UK’s Leading Art Organisations

With Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium now just over one month away, we highlight a selection of sessions taking place on the first day, Thursday 26 May at York St John University.

The Future Now Symposium is a place for an exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities to those working in the sector or with an interest in contemporary art and culture. Join lectures, panel discussions and portfolio reviews with representatives from leading art organisations such as Film London, Liverpool Biennial, Hepworth, Frieze, The Art Newspaper, Royal College of Art and many more.

Session 1: Breaking New Ground: Photography in the Digital Age
10:00 – 11:15, 26 May, Fountains Lecture Theatre

This panel discusses today’s digital age of technological convenience, where many artists opt for digital manipulation in conjunction with, or instead of, analogue photography. Speakers include David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery and Diffusion Photography Festival; Professor Olivier Richon, Head of Programme, Photography, Royal College of Art; Louise Clements, Director/Curator Derby Quad, Format Photography Festival; Richard Page, Head of Photography, Manchester Metropolitan University. Chaired by James Smith, Course Leader Photography and Senior Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts.

Session 2: Taking the Risk: Acclimatising Audiences to New Practices
10:30 – 11:45, 26 May, De Grey Lecture Theatre

A discussion with three of this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize finalists who are working across various media, including light and colour; architecture and installation, calling into question value systems and investigating the way we interact with contemporary art. In this panel, you will hear directly from the artists about what it means to be working in today’s contemporary art landscape as emerging and mid-career practitioners, offering unique insight into their practice. The artists include Liz West (Shifting Luminosity); James Winter (Usurp – Spatial Light Construct 003); and Rachel Ara (This Much I’m Worth).

Session 3: Artists’ Film and the Moving Image: The Crossover Between Practice & Cinema
12:15 – 13:30, 26 May, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Aesthetica Art Prize shortlisted artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman, lecturer at Central St Martins and nominee for the Jarman Award and winner of the Artangel Open Award, speaks in conversation with Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at Film London, about the evolution that is occurring in artists’ film as it defies categorisation through adaptation of more cinematic practices. Working at the intersection of public and private memory, Zimmerman uses fiction and documentary devices to challenge official histories, marginalisation and political, social and economic violence.

One-Day and Two-Day Passes are available. Both include free access to the Thursday Night Networking Party at 1331. Entry valid with pass.

To book your sessions and order your pass, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/symposium/#sessions or call 01904 629 137.

Download the Programme here.

Travel to Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium in York with Virgin Trains.

1. Lam Pok Yin Jeff & Chong Ng, The Untimely Apparatus of Two Amateur Photographers. Longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016.