Be Bold, Be Original, Be Distinctive: Scene Stealers, Film4.0

Film4 is challenging aspiring filmmakers to recreate iconic moments from its 30 year film history for Scene Stealers, a new creative talent search launched under its innovation banner Film4.0.

Scene Stealers aim to discover brilliant new talent – in particular those working in other creative mediums, in new ways, or with new technologies  by tasking entrants with re imagining renowned scenes from past Film4 productions, in just two minutes or under. 


The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. We are currently open for entries but only until the 31st May. For more information on how to submit please

Steven Dickie, Great Leap Forward, 2012

Happy Birthday Hoxton Art Gallery

In celebration of their 1st anniversary, Hoxton Art Gallery are showing The Pleasure Principle. We took this opportunity to speak to Director Matthew Nickerson about what makes the gallery different and what to expect from their latest show.

'Let's Hang Out'. Carpet tiles, vinyl, Velcro. Julia Vogl. Photo ©2012 Peter Hope

Julia Vogl wins the Catlin Art Prize 2012

Huge congratulations to Julia Vogl who has been selected as this year’s winner of the Catlin Art Prize. Let’s Hang Out invites visitors to create a communal area by selecting coloured carpet titles that correspond with Julia’s pastime suggestions. A colour is designated to each activity (“Call Mum”, “Tweet” and so on). The work evolves throughout the duration of the exhibition while encouraging visitors to interact – and hang out.

Aesthetica has been following Julia Vogl’s work since she won the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition in 2011. Following her success in the competition, we spoke to the artist about her work and the idea of social practices in art. Click this link to read the full interview.

The Catlin Art Prize 2012, Londonewcastle Project Space, 03/05/2012 – 25/05/2012, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DP.

Credit: Julia Vogl Let’s Hang Out (2012)
Photography: Peter Hope

Could you be the next Julia Vogl?

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. Previous finalists include Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joins a legacy of artists featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. To find out more about how to enter see:


Gloria Zein: I Can’t Stop the Dancing Chicken at Goethe Institut, London

German artist Gloria Zein was awarded the Cass Prize for Sculpture in 2011. I Can’t Stop the Dancing Chicken has been commissioned by the Goethe-Institut London to mark the reopening and 50th anniversary of the institute. Zein’s work consists of sculptural interventions both outside and inside responding to the identity of the building and the structure of the institute.

The historic building in Exhibition Road will re-open to the public following extensive restoration and modernisation this Sunday 20th May. There will be music from rock band Silbermond, traditional German food, and a series of film screenings chosen by the artist from the Institut’s extensive archive. Covering the last 50 years, the films all explore ideas of freedom and resistance and will be accompanied by short works by the artists Fiona Chambers, Marcus Coates and Anita Delaney and the director Helke Sander.

All events are free. Full programme available here:

I Can’t Stop the Dancing Chicken (2012)
Photo: Richard Bryant

Art on the Street: Spaceboy’s Black Ark Installation in Edinburgh

It seems like more and more corporate commissioned street art projects are popping up lately. The latest sees Scottish-artist Spaceboy, part of the Rough Cut Collective, team up with renowned East London design studio Black Ionica to create a comic in the street.

As part of the Make with a Red Stripe campaign, which has seen the famous beer brand launching a series of public arts projects (such as a giant game of Space Invaders on a Manchester wall), Spaceboy (aka Mike Inglis) pasted his illustrations on six shutters of Newhaven harbour.

It’s a little heavy on the product placement but it’s worth a watch.


The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. We are currently open for entries but only until the 31st May. For more information on how to submit please visit:

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Jane McAdam Freud: Family Matters at Gazelli Art House, London

The National Portrait Gallery’s retrospective of works by Lucian Freud has been a remarkable success with visitors flocking to see the many portraits of the late artist.  It is timely that Gazelli Art House pairs their new exhibition Family Matters with works by Jane McAdam Freud as interest in the Freud family peaks. 

Liliane Tomasko: Deeper Dark at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

When the art world learned of the invention of photography in the mid 19th century many statements were made which prophesied the doomed fate of painting, none more memorable than Paul Delaroche’s aphorism “from today painting is dead”. With the luxury of hindsight we can reflect on the prematurity of such alarmist claims, yet to this day it remains curious to see the results when artists employ both painting and photography in their work. Swiss born Liliane Tomasko is one such artist. Advancing the possibilities of still life painting into a new domain, Tomasko constructs still life arrangements from various materials such as paper bags and fragments of windows photographing them with a Polaroid camera and then creating paintings based on the images. 

Adriana Groisman: Voices of the South Atlantic at Ffotogallery, Penarth

Argentinian-born photographer Adriana Groisman’s Voices of the South Atlantic has been in development for nearly eight years and marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas war. Rooted in the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War, it includes the voices of people who fought on both sides, as well as civilians who were directly affected by it. Examining issues of war and its consequences, its premise is that fear and loss are universal and that pain and trauma affect both the losers and the winners. 

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The Eclecticism of Human Experience: Printin’ at MoMA, New York

Printin’, tucked next to Diego Rivera’s solo exhibition, runs in conjunction with the larger print survey Print/Out currently showing at MoMA, New York. Print/Out is the third large scale exhibition organised by MoMA’s Department of Prints and Illustrated Books since 1980. It is unclear as to whether these two earlier iterations had accompanying exhibitions but, in this case, the smaller show is by far the more interesting. 

Monumenta 12: Daniel Buren’s Kaleidoscopic Vision at the Grand Palais, Paris

Daniel Buren has punctuated the last 40 years of art with unforgettable interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations. Buren’s latest work, Excentriques forms part of Monumenta 12 at the Grand Palais in Paris. An artistic interaction on an unparalleled scale, Monumenta 2012 continues until 21 June 2012. We’ve heard it’s going to be sunny in Paris this weekend and the moment when the sunlight comes through the vast glass atrium of the Grand Palais transforms the work into a glistening and vibrant coloured pool of light. It’s not to be missed.

Pieces of Eight, PSL. Annica Karlsson Rixon

Pieces of Eight at Project Space Leeds

Project Space Leeds stands close to the banks of the River Aire, not far from the city centre. Swollen by the recent, apparently unrelenting, deluge, the river courses with an unsettling energy sufficient to inspire an ancient sense of animism. Following its bank towards the exhibition space becomes an almost spiritual pilgrimage. Not far, and almost parallel to this portion of the Aire, is the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Compared with the Aire, the canal with its factitiousness and artifice seems to represent the mercenary zeal and efficiency of the industrial revolution. These opposing, aqueous twin sisters of the city centre serve only to heighten the conflict of forces behind Pieces of Eight. The PhD-led works of the exhibition come at a time when higher eduction is becoming more market driven and customer-focused. Debates about the validity of PhD research by artists become more and more heated. The intention in collecting such work together is to display excellent contemporary art that is, not an example of academic practice-led research, but just happens to be such. The pilgrimage is well rewarded with a challenging array of spectacles.

Flights of Fancy at Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire

The human urge to reach for the impossible and aeronautical innovation are the twin sources of inspiration behind Flights of Fancy, Tatton Park’s third biennial of contemporary art. Biennial curators Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan of Parabola have invited artists and writers to respond to the themes in the context of the National Trust’s Tatton Park in Cheshire, using the Park, Gardens and Mansion to display their works. Aesthetica caught up with the curators to find out more.