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James Welling: The Mind on Fire at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

The Mind on Fire is the first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by the American artist James Welling. Comprising around a hundred and thirty works, the exhibition at MK Gallery will recreate some of the artist’s seminal photographic shows from New York in the early to mid 1980s, charting the development of his abstract language and experimentation with photographic effects.

Mitra Tabrizian: Another Country at The Wapping Project Bankside, London

This September The Wapping Project Bankside showcases British-Iranian photographer and film-maker Mitra Tabrizian’s previously unseen series Another Country. Born in Tehran, Tabrizian’s work explores a range of issues including post-colonial theory, corporate culture in the West and the recent cultural and political shifts in Iranian society.

Xu Zhen: The Last Few Mosquitoes, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Shanghai based artist Xu Zhen has emerged as one of the most inventive and provocative artists working in China today. His work is characterized by tackling authoritarian gestures and clichés of human ambition often with a wry sense of humour that counters any notion of value. The Last Few Mosquitoes will be his first solo exhibition in Canada and opens on 14th September at the Contemporary Art Gallery

Works On Paper: Wayne Gonzales at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works on paper by American painter Wayne Gonzales. This is the first time that the artist’s unique gouaches have been the focus of a show in London and offers unparalleled new insights into Gonzales’ practice. Conceived as finished works, they explore the artist’s trademark language working across the spectrum of the figurative and the abstract.

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The Last Days of Nowhereisland, Bristol

Nowhereisland has become an inspirational story for thousands of people across the world. The island has journeyed from the High Arctic region of Svalbard and was discovered by artist Alex Hartley. As the island passed out of the jurisdiction of Norway and into international waters, it was declared the world’s new nation with citizenship open to all.

A nation for just a year, the island and its Embassy conclude its 2,500 mile journey in Bristol for a final weekend of celebrations. Nowhereisland’s visit to Bristol is part of a weekend of talks, performances and artist films to mark the final days of the small nation. In association with Bristol Festival of IdeasThe Last Days of Nowhereisland will explore the project as a sculptural act, utopian dream, direct action and a landscape on the move.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition Ends Tomorrow

The 2012 Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition ends tomorrow, submit your poetry and fiction today!

The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including £500 in cash and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology. If you would like to take part in this fantastic event, and share your work with an international audience, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com to enter today!

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is open for entries until the 31st August this year. For more information and to submit: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

Jerwood Makers Open, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

Jerwood Makers Open 2012 brings together five emerging makers working at the forefront of applied art to the Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen this September. New works created by Nao Matsunaga, James Rigler, William Shannon, Louis Thompson and Silvia Weidenbach are taking the rare opportunity to lead with their imaginations rather than responding to a set brief. These makers have created ambitious new works in ceramics, design, glass, jewellery and mixed materials and will play with both scale and their chosen materials.

Aesthetica Art Prize Ends Friday

The 2012 Aesthetica Art Prize ends this Friday, get your entries in now!

Aesthetica has consistently supported and championed 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.

Stuck for inspiration, here are some examples to help you. This selection was taken from the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2012, available to purchase here.

The Painterly Animation of Witold Giersz

Imagine if a painting came to life: brushstrokes rippling across the canvas like muscles and shimmering like the surface of a wind-swept lake, drips of paint resolving themselves into heads and limbs. Audiences at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland, had the chance to experience this magical impression in a retrospective of veteran animator Witold Giersz. A member of the Polish school of animation, Giersz began his career in the 1950s. Since then, he has made almost 50 films, and received more than 60 awards and honours from international festivals including Cannes and Oberhausen. This year, Giersz is set to complete what he says will be his final film, one based on the Lascaux and Altamira cave paintings. Giersz started work on this film four years ago, well before the release of Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Both directors noticed the dynamic quality of this ancient art form, but Giersz was inspired to actually bring it to life through animation, drawing his own figures with charcoal on real slabs of rock. 

Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, National Portrait Gallery, London

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the National Portrait Gallery will focus on Monroe’s connection to Britain in their new exhibition this September. The display will celebrate her life by showcasing her links with the UK. Portraits of Monroe by British photographers will be shown alongside rare magazine covers, vintage prints, lobby cards and film stills to put the works in context. Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair will open on 29 September and run until 24 March 2013.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition: One Week To Go!

Only one week to go to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. Submit your fiction and poetry now!

Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012. The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including £500 in cash and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology. If you would like to take part in this fantastic event, and share your work with an international audience, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com to enter today! 

A Closer Look At Terra Cognita: Noorderlicht International Photofestival

Last week we showed you a trailer from the up and coming Terra Cognita Photography Exhibition at the Noorderlicht International Photofestival.

Here, is a selection of some of the photography exhibited, taking a closer look into the concerns and focus of the artists.

The 19th and possibly final edition of the Noorderlicht International Photofestival transcends photographic genres to sketch a picture of the relation between man and nature. The result is nothing less than a declaration of love: a challenging, visually breathtaking exhibition that stimulates the mind and moves the heart at the same time. Terra Cognita is a photographic journey in six chapters, with work which spans a range including landscape photography, documentary photography, art photography and computer generated images. The exhibition includes the work of around 100 photographers from The Netherlands and other countries from rising young photographers to established names. For the first time Noorderlicht is moving to an exhibition site outside the city for the festival: the main location is the Museum Belvédère.