Future Now Symposium: Final Day

Future Now Symposium: Final Day

Today is the final day of the inaugural Future Now: Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium. Taking place at York St John University, Future Now presents an opportunity for artists and those working in or with an interest in the creative sector to network, share best practice and discuss the future of art and culture.

The day begins with Session 7: Curating for the Future: A Collaborative Approach , with Sarah Brown, Programme Curator, Leeds Art Gallery; Tim Corum, Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement, Horniman Museum and Gardens; Remco de Blaaij, Senior Curator, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow and others.

This afternoon continues with Session 9: The Future of Art and Culture: Talent Development and Responsibility. Art and culture play an essential role in our lives and their future is of paramount importance. In this session, Dani Burrows, Director of Strategy at the Delfina Foundation, will pinpoint the duties that organisations have to safeguard the future of art and culture through talent development.

The Permanence of Print II welcomes speakers from The Art Newspaper; Flux and Aesthetica, who will ask, what is the future for independent publishing and the art press at large? How will it survive the changing times?  This session is chaired by Jenny Kean, Head of Programme, Media Production at York St John University. Following this will be a session with Rosie Cooper, Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial, who will speak about the value of art in today’s commodity driven society, and its profound role in promoting a healthy creative economy and society.

The final session of the day closes the Symposium with a panel discussion centred on the key differences between private and public galleries, and how they both compete and work together to build a healthy, diverse art market. This relationship is key in terms of how both institutions are fundamental in building artists’ careers. Speakers include Sophie Hall, Director, Flowers Gallery; Agnieszka Prendota, Creative Director, Arusha Gallery; Kirstie Hamilton, Head of Exhibitions and Display, Museums Sheffield; Stephanie Bush, Programme and Production Manager, Zabludowicz Collection; and Dr Steven Gartside, Curator and Research Fellow, Holden Gallery. This session is chaired by Dr James Boaden, Lecturer, History of Art, University of York.

There will also be portfolio reviews throughout the day. These Portfolio Review Sessions are designed for practitioners working across all media, including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Film screenings take place in the evening at 1331, showing a special selection from the Art Prize and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

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

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