Future Now Symposium: Opens Today

Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium opens today at York St John University and continues tomorrow, with a two-day programme of talks, panel discussions and portfolio reviews with some of the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and curators. Future Now presents an opportunity for artists, those working in the sector and those who are interested in art and culture to network with key figures, discuss best practice and gain essential industry insight and advice.


Today welcomes a selection of artists featured in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition: Liz West, James Winter and Rachel Ara. The artists talk about what it means to be working in today’s contemporary art scene as emerging and mid-career practitioners, offering unique insight into their practice.

The final session of the day is Session 6: Discovering Creativity – Art Prize Recognition, Exposure and Progression Routes. The panel will discuss the power of the art prize in identifying the work of talented practitioners, and bringing their creativity to the fore. It offers an insight into the significance of awards in the art world. Speakers include Eleanor Clayton, Curator, Hepworth Wakefield; Carla Rapoport, Director and Founder, Lumen Prize; Shonagh Manson, Jerwood Foundation; Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator Maxmara Art Prize,Whitechapel Gallery; and Selina Oakes, Aesthetica Art Prize. Chaired by Reyahn King, Chief Executive,York Museums Trust / former John Moore’s Painting Prize Judge.

The 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. Here artists have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who can give you essential advice and guidance either on your current practice, or your career progression opportunities.

There will also be film screenings at 1331, providing an opportunity to see works from the Aesthetica Art Prize in a cinema context. The film screening programme includes Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s shortlisted feature-length documentary Estate: A Reverie currently on show at the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition. Screenings also include films from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival Official Selection.

The day closes with the Networking Party from 8pm at 1331. An excellent opportunity to network with other symposium delegates and attendees, the Thursday night Networking Party is a place where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

For more information on Symposium sessions, visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/symposium

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

1. Ellen Jantzen A Resonant Chill