Interview with Street Artist BotMan

Already well known in international urban art circles, it has not yet been two years since Cornwall’s celebrated street artist came up with the idea for BotMan, an innocent robot with a heart. Since then, his BotMan avatar has taken him into international urban art circles; he has had three sell-out shows, has been represented by a London Gallery, had work shown at Basel Miami and rubbed shoulders with UK urban artists such as Banksy and Dface. Sophie Kazan of Aesthetica caught up with BotMan for a virtual chat about the business of being a successful, anonymous artist.


Rolf Sachs: Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano, St Moritz Art Masters 2013

This August Rolf Sachs is previewing Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano, supported by LEICA at the St Moritz Art Masters 2013. Noted for his conceptual approach, Sachs has photographed fleeting moments of the splendid landscape along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina train journey between Thusis in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy throughout the year to form a stunning collection of photographs that blur the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography.


Sensoria Festival 2013 , Sheffield

Sensoria features a unique, eclectic mix of film screenings, live music, exhibitions, installations and talks rolled out across four days across the city of Sheffield. Cinema highlights include Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, which is being screened on its 25th anniversary at a 1930′s outdoor pool in Hathersage. Whilst a car park will be re-imagined as a Drive In cinema, with coming of age classic American Graffiti on the big screen.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 8 Days to Go – Joon Park

With over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, we’re counting down with a run-through of artists selected in last year’s Prize. Joon Park was longlisted for his piece Ceramics Field Array in the category for Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture. Boston and Seoul-based artist Joon Park is interested in the tensions between high and low cultures, partial and whole, centralisation and decentralisation. The countdown of artists will be back next week as we lead up to 31 August.

5 to See on the Bank Holiday Weekend

As tempting as a three day weekend spent with your feet up may be, our list of exhibitions mean that it is time to get out and about. Sunny or not, there’s plenty going on this bank holiday weekend so banish all thoughts of work, remove yourself from the sofa and make the most of your time off.

Review of Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Coming into Fashion – a unique glimpse into the most sparkling and striking of images from the international Condé Nast archives- is both a history lesson in glamour and an ode to scintillating, beautiful photography. Spanning the decades and the stream of cover girls from across Condé Nast’s infamously stylish publications, including Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, curator, Nathalie Herschdorfer, creates of the exhibition a linear stroll along emerging and ever-changing elegance and allure, both in photography and ideals of femininity.

Susan Forsyth - 'Untitled (Hera)' - Image 2

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 9 Days to Go – Susan Forsyth

There’s still over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. In the countdown to 31 August, we’re looking at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today’s featured artist is Susan Forsyth who entered Untitled (Hera) into the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category. Forsyth’s work explores aesthetics and sculpture-making processes. Untitled (Hera) is a four-metre high work comprising A4 bolted panels gilded in silver leaf. The repetition of the silver ratio rectangles, the decorative surface and scale of the form combines strength and delicacy.

Design the Limited Edition Movie Poster for Filth

To celebrate the release of Irvine Welsh’s film adaptation of Filth, Lionsgate in partnership with Talenthouse are inviting graphic designers, illustrators and artists to create original artwork for a limited edition promotional poster to be featured in The Metro UK. The film shall be released across UK cinemas this October 2013, and for artists and designers this is the perfect opportunity to promote your unique skills and potentially see your original Filth poster design advertised in a national newspaper read by millions.


Susan Yardley: SCAR, Finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012

There’s still over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. Now in its sixth year, the competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established writers to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Register your poetry or short fiction by 31 August for a chance to win publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, £500 prize money and a selection of inspirational books. To mark this exciting event in the Aesthetica calendar, we’re taking a look at one of last year’s finalists Susan Yardley with her short story SCAR.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 10 Days to Go – Tony Girardot

Leading up to the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, we’re taking a look at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on Tony Girardot who entered his aesthetic image Twelve Hours into the Painting & Drawing category. A self-imposed period of 12 hours was allotted to construct the piece in which the creative process of layering became an integral part of the final work.


A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now, ICA Off-Site

A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now at the Old Selfridges Hotel in London is part of the ICA’s Off-Site summer series, which started with Glastonbury Festival. The exhibition illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day – a legacy that underpins London’s incredible creative potential in the present. Taking over the first floor of the hotel, the project will bring together up to 60 influential figures from London’s creative scene from the 1980s to the present, spanning art, design, architecture, fashion, club culture and food. Participants include Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Nicola Tyson, Bodymap, Sarah Lucas, Giles Deacon, Julie Verhoeven, Matthew Darbyshire, Louise Gray, SIBLING, David Waddington and Pablo Flack (Bistroteque), Bethan Laura Wood and Lucky PDF.

Introducing the 2013 Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, London

The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent. For this year, the 2013 Designers in Residence are: Adam Nathaniel Furman, Eunhee Jo, Chloe Meineck and Thomas Thwaites. This year the designers were invited to explore how design can be used to convey, create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or experience. The results will be displayed in the Design Museum from 4 September.