Jury: Alistair Payne, GSA

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries for its 2017/2018 edition. Currently accepting submissions until 31 August, the Prize is an opportunity for international practitioners for showcase their work to wider audiences. A plethora of media is welcomed by the award, as are projects from both emerging and established artists. Every year, we line-up a dynamic Judging Panel to select the final winners. We reflect on the former panel for 2016/2017 as we gear up for next year. Dr Alistair Payne, Head of the School of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), spoke at the inaugural Future Now symposium and returned last month to provide insights on painting today and to also judge the shortlisted pieces.

In 2015, Payne’s book chapter titled; The Virtual, Alternate Spaces and the Effects upon Artwork was published in the Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies through IGI Global. In 2013, the book chapter titled; The Virtual and Interdisciplinarity was published, also through IGI Global. In 2008 his book Painting as an Interdisciplinary Form was published through VDM Verlag. Payne has exhibited his work internationally with group and solo shows in the UK, Norway, Greece, the USA and Thailand, including the solo exhibition Indisciplinary Behaviour, Bergen 2014 and The Ends of Art, Athens 2013.

The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Its studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for interdisciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the challenges confronting society and contemporary business. Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, it has continually evolved, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology.


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Entries are open for the Aesthetica Art Prize until 31 August.

1. Courtesy of Richard Devereux, part of the 2017 Longlisted artists.