AAP: Creating Connections

Following her engaging tour, navigating the Aesthetica Art Prize and identifying key themes in this year’s shortlist, Griselda Goldsbrough returns to deliver a talk on the health benefits of connecting with the arts. As part of Creativity and Wellbeing week, a national initiative to promote engagement with the arts, Goldsbrough will draw upon the works in the exhibition to investigate the role of arts in society.

The talk comes shortly after the second Aesthetica Art Prize Future Now Symposium, which created a place for the exchange of ideas between those working in the sector. This year, the event addressed how the arrival of the digital age has created an unprecedented feeling of alienation.

Communication has changed and we now rely on technology to interact, presenting ourselves in ways that are evolving beyond control. The sense that the public is merging with the domestic has also spread into a larger, blurred depiction of reality. Surveillance is becoming a prevalent and inescapable issue internationally. Contemporary art is the mechanism that enables us to respond to this renewed understanding of living.

Engaging with the Arts: Creativity and Wellbeing, Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, Thursday 15 June, York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW. Gallery entry fees apply. For admission details, visit www.yorkartgallery.org.uk

1. Anthony Garratt, High and Low / Uchel ac Isel, 2016. Photo: Richard Broomhall.