Aesthetica Short Film Festival returns to York this November: New Venues and More Screenings!

After a hugely successful inaugural year, Aesthetica is delighted to present the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) in venues across the city of York in November 2012. The four-day festival programme will showcase some of the best short film from across the world, chosen from an open submissions call, and will include a rich bill of talks and guest screenings from leading film industry organisations.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The long trek from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Centre to the Longside Gallery refreshes and furnishes the soul of the city dweller with a graceful marriage of nature and artifice. The verdant undulations of the sculpted terrain punctuated with wooded areas, and surrounding the main focal points of the lake and Bretton Hall, suffice to pervade the senses with an impression of organic unity. This general impression is heightened by the dynamism of passing clouds in the sky evoking an almost spiritual wonder at the apparent unity of their form, while being derived from random constituents. This works nicely as an appetizer to Flashback: a survey of Anish Kapoor’s work and development, spanning 18 years from 1982 to 2000. Why? The visitor is presented with highly sensual, organic and abstract forms exploring positive and negative space with a remarkably original employment of materials. Moving forward chronologically, the exhibition can be seen as consisting of two parts with an intervening transition.

Interview: Georgia Fendley, Mulberry AW12

Earlier this month Mulberry released its AW12 campaign, shot by renowned British photographer Tim Walker in an English forest. The series is beautiful and evocative, playing on the romance and darkness of children’s fairytales. Georgia Fendley, Mulberry Brand Director – reflects on the collection and the season ahead.

Aesthetica Art Prize: Installation & Performance Showcase

As a magazine, we celebrate the visual arts in all forms and that’s why the Aesthetica Art Prize welcomes entries from artists working in all mediums. Artists may submit their work into any one of the four categories; Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing, Video, Installation & Performance.

Earlier this week we showcased a selection of images from last year’s Photographic & Digital Art category. This selection was taken from the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2012, available to purchase here.

Still in need of inspiration? Here’s a selection of images from the Installation and Performance category. Enjoy!

Shonibare MBE

Block Party: Contemporary Craft Inspired by the Art of the Tailor at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.

The Crafts Council touring exhibition entitled Block Party: Contemporary Craft Inspired by the Art of the Tailor is currently housed in the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery of Leicester, the third leg of its journey. The exhibition seems to reflect upon the location of Leicester as a former centre of garment and textile manufacturing and, in places, it mournfully echoes the decline of tailoring as it once was. The exhibition not only features a wide array of conceptual pieces that gives the visitor an insight into the art of pattern-cutting and tailoring but also brings elements of tailoring heritage to the foreground. Curated by Lucy Orta, one of contemporary art’s most renowned visual artists, the exhibition covers the concepts of Pattern-Cutting as Storytelling, Pattern-Cutting Embracing the Future, and Motif and Manipulation in Pattern-Cutting.


The Latitude Contemporary Art Award

Now in its third year, the Latitude Contemporary Art (LCA) Award and Exhibition boasts one of the largest contemporary art prize funds in the country. This year’s shortlist of five British artists have been selected and commissioned to compete for the £10,000 prize and an invitation to return in 2013 with a challenging new art work. The final pieces of art will be exhibited within the Iris Gallery, a dedicated woodland site at the heart of the festival.

Alongside creating artworks for the festival, the artists will also take part in a number of Q&A sessions in front of a festival audience. We hope you can make it to the festival to take part in these discussions yourself and in preparation we have put together a round-up of this year’s shortlisted artists; what they’ve been doing recently and what they will be creating for the LCA.

Preview of The 18th Biennale Of Sydney: Opens Tomorrow.

The Biennale of Sydney plays a central role in the visual arts in Australia and connecting artists from around the world. The 18th Biennale of Sydney opens to the public tomorrow, unveiling the work of more than 100 artists from over 44 countries. With the curatorial premise All Our Relations, the Biennale provides a collaborative framework that allows conversations to extend to both artists and audiences. The collaboration between Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster is the first time in the Biennale’s 39 year history that an exhibition has been developed by a curatorial duo. In Aesthetica’s April/May issue we spoke to Gerald McMaster about his part in the Biennale‘s curation.

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David Bailey’s East End at Compressor House, Newham.

It is a little known fact that David Bailey has photographed east London streets and their inhabitants from the early 1960s to the present day, returning time and time again to Newham, the stomping ground of his youth. This exhibition of pictures of the East End, taken over 50 years, will see the internationally celebrated photographer return to his home town while the world’s focus is on east London.


Portrait of the Artist As… at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London.

The exhibition Portrait of the Artist As…looks at the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves, their peers and their predecessors over four centuries. Curated by the students of The Courtauld’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum, it draws on the holdings of two major collections, The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection, and includes 30 works in various media from the 18th century to the present day. We spoke to Sascha Feldman and Davida Fernandez-Barkan, both students on the course, about the experience of putting the exhibition together and historical or theoretical underpinning to the curation.

Aesthetica Art Prize: Photographic & Digital Art Showcase

As a celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize welcomes entries from artists working in all mediums. Artists may submit their work into any one of the four categories; Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

The prize offers a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work and further their involvement in the international art world. With a prize package including £1000 cash, a group exhibition in York hosted by Aesthetica, editorial coverage in the magazine and publication in the Creative Works Annual, why not submit your work into the competition and see where it takes you?

Zoe Strauss: 10 Years: A Slideshow at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.

Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) is a self-taught photographer and installation artist. This exhibition at Bruce Silverstein gallery marks the culmination of Strauss’ I-95 project, a ten year long endeavour for which Strauss displayed her photographs by affixing them to the pilasters supporting the flyover of Interstate-95 in South Philadelphia.

Stéphane Coutelle: Shoebox Studio.

There’s no doubt that Stéphane Coutelle’s book Shoebox Studio is a striking collection of images. Published by Damiani, Shoebox Studio features portraits of young women, all brand new to modelling, who filtered into the photographer’s small studio in Paris between 2004-2008, hoping to be discovered. Hardly speaking English, let alone French, many of the young women Coutelle encountered had yet to inhabit their newly prescribed roles of creatures of fantasy. Arresting and unflinching, this beautiful volume is an incredibly rare perspective on a population of women whose job it is to mask the very vulnerability that Coutelle uncovers.