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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Prize exhibition returns to York

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition returns to York St Mary’s, from 14 April to 29 May.

In its ninth year, the event will feature shortlisted works from photographic and digital art; three dimensional design and sculpture; painting and drawing; and video, installation and performance.

The 2016 edition is the award’s largest exhibition to date and welcomes practitioners from Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA. There are ten shortlisted artists, with a further 90 longlisted pieces displayed on monitors in the gallery.

Visitors are invited to vote in the People’s Choice award for their winning artist.

Organisers have also announced the Future Now Symposium – from 26-27 May at York St John University, focusing on talent development and tackling themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, workshops and panel discussions from within the arts ecosystem and broader social context.

More than 40 high-profile speakers feature in the programme, including Alistair Payne, head of fine art school and painting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, Stephanie Bush, programme and production manager at Zabludowicz Collection, Dani Burrows, director of strategy at Delfina Foundation, Sophie Hall, director at Flowers Gallery, Olivier Richon, photography lecturer at Royal College of Art, John O’Shea, senior exhibitions manager at National Media Museum, Whitney Hintz, curator of the Hiscox collection, and Rosalind Furness, managing editor of Frieze.

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