Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Artist Sarah Jane Palmer

Artist Filmmaker and Designer Sarah Jane Palmer was selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist with her film Net. The work is an ongoing performance/installation in which she continues to produce a net drawing on a 10-metre paper roll during her residency at the Lace Market Gallery in Nottingham. Net is part of a body of work based on research into Nottingham’s historic lace trade and Palmer’s own ancestral connections to lace design.

The work draws on eroticism, humour and suspense to explore the immersive experience of pattern development and the relationships between the artist, and hand-crafted or machine-made designs. Net originated as a companion piece to Laser Lace and Something-to-be-done, which previously explored historical and contemporary ways of reproducing lace. This work seeks primarily to re-inscribe the hand, and, more importantly, the labour of the artist into the process, revealing the way in which organic imperfections give the drawing a depth that mirrors the processes of lace production.

Palmer’s practice crosses over into several disciplines including visual art, filmmaking and pattern design. In 2013 she graduated with a MA in fine art with distinction. She has received news of her successful Arts Council grant for an artist residency at Nottingham’s Lace Market Gallery, and has first solo show opening at the Gallery on the 4 September.

Furthering her design and handprinted pattern work, Palmer has launched a new business, Amoret following her success in selling papers to Coco De Mer London and in New York.

To watch Net click here. To see more of Sarah Jane Palmer’s work visit

Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.

Submissions close 31 August 2014. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox; group exhibition, publication, art books courtesy of Prestel and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor and Newton.

1. Sarah Jane Palmer, Net. Aesthetica Art Prize 2014: Video, Installation and Performance Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.

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