Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2014

Sybille Neumeyer: Song For The Last Queen

Ingrid Hu: Longplayer

Julia Weißenberg: There is no real way of knowing

Deb Covell: Black and White Paintings

Harriet Lewars: Frustum Super Planum Cum Filia Lyrae

Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando: Life/File

Elke Finkenauer: Draw a Line Somewhere

Inés Molina Navea: 541 días

4 April – 22 June 2014: Free Admission

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 Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. From thousands who entered, eight have been selected for exhibition and the work of a further 92 longlisted is presented within the gallery on monitors. 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 Museums Trust, York St John University, The Hepworth Wakefield, Prestel, Barber Titleys Solicitors, Winsor & Newton, Thomas & Paul Contemporary Art, and Stuart Semple.

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.


Wednesday 23 April 2014
Deb Covell, artist and finalist of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, discusses her practice and the importance of art prizes for emerging artists.

Wednesday 7 May 2014
Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, debates the challenges of curating in the post-medium age.

Wednesday 21 May 2014
James Boaden, lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in this exhibition.


Wednesday 28 May 2014
Cherie Federico, Director of Aesthetica Magazine and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize, explains the selection process for the shortlisted artists.

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society, talks about widening the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.


Winners and Finalists

Sybille Neumeyer – Video, Installation & Performance (Main Prize Winner)
Harriet Lewars – Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Student Prize Winner)
Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando – Photographic & Digital Art (Finalist)
Deb Covell – Painting & Drawing (Finalist)
Elke Finkenauer – Painting & Drawing (Finalist)
Inés Molina Navea – Photographic & Digital Art (Finalist)
Ingrid Hu – Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Finalist)
Julia Weißenberg – Video, Installation & Performance (Finalist)


The 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist