Get involved with the 2010 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition: Just 3 days left to enter your work!

There are just 3 days left to enter your work to the Aesthetica International Creative Works Competition. Hard copies of the 2009 Aesthetica Creative Works Annual have now sold out, but digital downloads of the 2009 Aesthetica Creative Works Annual are available through our online shop. 

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Canary Wharf Film Festival 2009

One of our partners this year, Canary Wharf Film Festival, opens next week with a bang. Established in 2007 to break down the barriers between creativity and commerce by showcasing the best of UK and international filmmaking talent in one of the UK’s most iconic and well-known locations. The festival also aims to alter preconceived notions of Canary Wharf and highlighting it as London’s newest creative hub; highlighting it as a filming location and tourist destination, while fostering a creative local and sustainable community.

Fantastic New Prize for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition: Writing Course with Arvon Foundation

I am delighted to announce that Arvon Foundation is getting involved with the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition.

Arvon writing courses were established 40 years ago by the writers John Fairfax and John Moat (inner circle of poet laureate Ted Hughes), Aesthetica editor Cherie Federico has this to say, “Arvon courses are so well respected throughout the creative writing and publishing industries. Time spent with Arvon is an invaluable investment in your writing career, this prize is a fantastic opportunity for our winner to develop their talents even further.”

Fantastic Free Theatre at the Fringe

I’ll be heading north of the border this weekend and am excited at the prospect of some Fringe fun in Edinburgh, including a trio of plays involving one of Aesthetica’s very own campus ambassadors!

As part of the Goldsmiths Drama Society, Alice Price-Styles will bring some fantastic free theatre to Edinburgh’s crowds with A Year’s Hard Labour, Black Swans and The Cubicle.

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2008 Aesthetica finalist, Sonja Benskin Mesher, enjoys further acclaim as the only artist from Wales to be selected for the International Drawing Comp

Exciting news from the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition continues to stretch far and wide, with one of our finalists, exhibiting in Poland this year. The International Drawing Competition reviews drawing of recent years, from the broadest perspective.

Curator, Prof. Pawel Frąckiewicz recognises the honest, organic qualities of drawing as an art form: “Drawing is a discipline that still represents the most direct and elementary language of art, as some people claim, drawing is its basic alphabet.

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Launch – Artist and Curatorial Collaborative

I am inspired by the resilience that has been a by-product of this recession. New ideas, concepts and serendipity are only some of the products of the economic downturn. I know it’s been hard, and basically has shaken everyone up, but for me, it’s broadened my horizons and made me take a good look around. I’m not the only one.

I think this idea is brilliant; and I’ve heard of a lot of these spaces popping up across the country. They question the notion of the transient gallery space, but also look at art in terms of engaging with communities. I realise this cannot always be the case, but I am inspired, I would love to take an empty shop, and convert it into the Aesthetica gallery. Any takers?

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Independent State a New Commission by Foreground

Leading British artists Edwina Ashton, Bob and Roberta Smith and Matt Stokes are preparing to begin work on a major new art project, Independent State, commissioned by Frome-based art organisation Foreground.

Independent State explores how we define social distinctiveness and achieve self-determination as individuals and communities. The new works will take a number of different forms, from eccentric historical celebrations to major collaborative performance that will culminate as floats, performances and demonstrations in the Carnival on 26 September 2009.

Bryan Kneale, Iron Pig 1962, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, (c) the artist 08

Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry curates at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Taking advantage of my friend’s car, I escaped the city this weekend to visit the unique environment of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s a fantastic summer day out with the country’s best permanent collection from the movers and shakers of modernism such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, to contemporary giants of sculpture Anthony Gormley and Winter/Hörbelt. These are sculptures which belong in the open air, and it’s so rare to see them in such a setting – weathered by the elements in a way that only serves to enhance their beauty.