Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2013

Aesthetica Art Prize Opening Night

Mary Humphrey: Roma: Transylvania: January 2011

Aesthetica Art Prize Opening Night

Kyunghee Park: Untitled

Sara Brannan: Mary

Mary Humphrey: Roma: Transylvania: January 2011

Artists Films: Installation view

Caroline Jane Harris: Untitled, 2012

Hyung Gyu Kim: Chromaphone II

Art Prize Longlist Projection: Currently showing: Luzena-Adams, Walk With Me

Clare Walter: Trafficking

Damien O'Mara: Airport (from the Tresspassing series), 2012.

Poppy Whatmore: The Family Meal

Aesthetica Art Prize at York St Mary's

8 March – 28 April 2013

Showcasing innovative and outstanding pieces, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition features shortlisted works from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.

The medieval backdrop of York St Mary’s, York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, provides a unique setting for the exhibition, challenging the notion of the white cube and inspiring a dialogue between the historic and the contemporary.

This show highlights artistic talent from locations including the USA, South Korea, Australia, Denmark and the UK. From thousands who entered, eight have been selected for exhibition and the work of a further 100 is projected within the space. This offers visitors an opportunity to experience the international breadth, and appreciate the range and quality of the work.

We would like to thank all of the artists involved and extend our gratitude to our partners and sponsors, including York St John University, The Hepworth Wakefield, Awol Studios, Lawrence Art Supplies, Prestel and 1331.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. More details at: www.yorkstmarys.org.uk.


Lunchtime Talks: 12.30pm – 1.00pm at York St Mary’s

Further your appreciation of contemporary art and enhance your Aesthetica Art Prize experience by joining us at the following talks, which are open to the public and free to attend.


20 March
The winner of last year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, Julia Vogl, discusses her practice and the importance of art prizes for emerging artists.

27 March
Laura Turner, York Art Gallery Curator, and Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, address the selection process, curating the show, and the shortlisted artists’ works.

3 April
A chance to find out more about performance art in practice with Dr Claire Hind from York St John University.


17 April
A conversation with Frances Guy, Head of Collection and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield and Aesthetica Art Prize judge.

24 April
Artist Mary Humphrey talks about her fascinating change of career to photography and her series, Roma : Transylvania : January 2011, which is on display in the show.


The 2013 Aesthetica Art Prize Winners & Finalists

Damien O’Mara – Photographic & Digital Art (Main Prize Winner)

Damien studied film production in 2010 and received grants for documentaries in both 2011 and 2012. Since then he has completed two photographic series exhibiting his Suited Man series in Melbourne, and the Trespasser series in New South Wales. He is currently working on a photographic series investigating contemporary masculinity through traditional work roles.

Poppy Whatmore – Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Student Prize Winner)
Poppy has recently completed her MFA Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art and in 2012 exhibited her work at The Saatchi Gallery. By subverting and deconstructing the conventional uses of chosen objects into surprising and playful arrangements, she portrays the flaws and failures of the human condition.

Mary Humphrey – Photographic & Digital Art (Finalist)
A recent BA graduate from Cambridge School of Art, Mary focuses on education and the plight of the marginalised. She has produced several bodies of work focusing on Gypsies, Irish Travellers and Transylvanian Roma, and has begun studying for an MA.

Kyunghee Park – Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Finalist)
Kyunghee is a London-based Korean artist who in 2011 completed her MFA Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited at the Smokehouse Gallery in London. Interested in the invisible and the use of transformed and abandoned objects, she focuses on time and trace.

Clare Walter – Painting & Drawing (Finalist)
Clare is an artist who has lived and worked all over the world and is now based in London. Her practice focuses on personal and political relationships and patterns of involvement, particularly relating to issues of human rights and social justice. Walter has recently started an MA in Fine Art.

Caroline Jane Harris – Painting & Drawing (Finalist)
British artist Caroline Jane Harris explores the intricacies of nature through a labour intensive paper-cutting technique. After graduating from Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton, she was awarded residencies in London and Spain. Harris has participated in several group shows in the UK and internationally, and in 2012 was awarded the Judge’s Choice for the British Women Artists Competition.

Sara Brannan – Video, Installation & Performance (Finalist)
UK sculptor Sara Brannan has recently moved her practice towards digital media. Her work focuses on gendered spectatorship and female identification in cinema. Using films in the public domain, Brannan identifies and singles out the female “lead” character. This re-editing interrupts the patriarchal narrative structure and makes visible the usually invisible editing that is demanded by realism.

Hyung-gyu Kim – Video, Installation & Performance (Finalist)
Hyung-Gyu Kim is a multimedia artist who was born in South Korea and is now based in New York City. His current work involves interactive sound and image installations that explore the relationship between audio and visual communication. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Korea and the United States. He earned the Award of Excellence at the Asia Digital Arts Awards (2006) and was named a finalist at the ADAA the following year (2007).[/li]


The 2013 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted artists