Future Now Symposium 2017

Thursday 25 May – Friday 26 May 2017 at York St John University, YO31 7EX

Addressing themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, panel discussions and portfolio reviews, the Future Now Symposium 2017 considered the arts ecosystem within a broader social context. It established a place for the exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities to 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.

Welcoming speakers from some of the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and galleries, Future Now gave attendees the opportunity to meet those who are shaping the art world today. Topics included Curating for the 21st Century Audience; Sculpture Today: Dependent & Autonomous Objects; Innovation in the Making: Technology, Design & Digital; The Future of Art Journalism: A Panel Discussion, and Future of Photography: The Epic in the Everyday amongst others.

Representatives from the following organisations will be in attendance
Art Fund / Artangel / Arts Council England / East Street Arts / Edinburgh Art Festival / Elephant Magazine / FACT Liverpool / Glasgow School of Art / Hiscox / Holden Gallery / Ikon Gallery / Iniva / Jupiter Artland / Leeds Beckett University / Leeds College of Art / London College of Communication / Magnum Photos / Max Mara Art Prize for Women / Nesta / Nottingham Contemporary / Open Eye Gallery / PHOTOFAIRS / Photomonitor / Royal British Society of Sculptors / Tate Liverpool / University of York / Visual Arts South West / Wellcome Trust / Whitechapel Gallery / World Photography Organisation / York St John University / Zabludowicz Collection

For a full list of Symposium speakers, visit the Speakers page.


Symposium Sessions

The Future Now Symposium took place at York St John University YO31 7EX in the city of York, UK. All sessions were hosted on the university campus. You must have registered in advance for any session you wished to attend. A one-day pass (£24) permits access to up to four sessions on the day of attendance. A two-day pass (£36) permits access to up to four sessions on each day of the Symposium. Lunch, and a mid-morning coffee/tea networking break is included with the pass.

Once you have booked your place you will receive an emailed receipt. Please bring this confirmation email to the Registation Desk on the day to collect your Symposium pass.

The Registration desk will be open from 8.30am Thursday and Friday in the De Grey Foyer.

Sessions: Thursday 25 May


Sessions: Friday 26 May