New Connections

To bring the two days of inspiring events and stimulating discussions of the Future Now Symposium 2017 to a conclusion that is in keeping with the event’s close fusion of theory and practice, a selection of artists from both the shortlist and longlist for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize will present and discuss their work at the closing session.

Delegates, speakers and guests are invited to hear from this year’s international line-up of artists, whose work spans genres and approaches, reflecting many interpretations of the Art Prize’s four categories of Photographic & Digital Art, Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture, Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation and Performance. Each artist will provide a brief introduction to their practice, with a specific focus on their submission. One-Day or Two-Day Symposium Pass holders will be able to discuss areas of interest and forge new connections with the artists.

The 16 practitioners who have been shortlisted for this year’s prize address themes which resonate with those discussed at Future Now, including alienation in the digital age, the intersection between private and public spaces, sensory experiences and the transient nature of life. The list comprises Adam Basanta
Adam Niklewicz, Alinka Echeverría, breadedEscalope, Dylan Martinez, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Jasmina Cibic, Judith Jones, Julio Bittencourt, Lesley Hilling, Maryam Tafakory, Sara Morawetz, Stanza, Stephen Johnston, Toby Dye and Webb-Ellis. This year’s exhibition will take place for the first time in a new exhibition space at York Art Gallery, and the shortlisted artists will be unveiled at a Private View during the Symposium, to which all Pass holders are invited.

The Future Now Symposium 2017 will take place at York St John University, 25-26 May. All sessions are hosted on the university campus. A one-day (£24) pass will admit you to up to four sessions on the day you attend. A two-day pass (£36) will admit you to up to four sessions on each day of the Symposium. Lunch, and a mid-morning coffee break is included with your pass.

Passes can be purchased via the website:

1. Courtesy of Janeanne Gilchrist.