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Last Chance to Enter the Aesthetica Art and Creative Writing Prizes

There is still time today to enter Aesthetica’s creative opportunities for artists and writers. The Aesthetica Art Prize, now in its eighth year, celebrates excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Artists at any stage in their career working in all media are invited to submit works that demonstrate innovation, creativity and technical skill. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award supports and publishes literary talent on an international scale, selecting finalists for publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We present the prizes available for both awards, which make them essential events to take part in this year.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Fiction Winner Jennifer Roe

With a few days remaining to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, we celebrate the winning entry for the fiction category from last year, and present an extract of the short story; Roses are Red by Jennifer Roe. The story is a beautifully written tale of love, betrayal and vulnerability. It is seemingly effortless in its execution, yet layered with emotion and meaning that only becomes clear in the last few paragraphs. It is a perfect example of how the short story can be powerful in its brevity; each carefully chosen word precisely placed creates a story that stays with the reader long after finishing.

One Week Left to Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize: A Selection of 2014’s Longlisted Artists

There is one week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual award which celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Entries are welcome from artists at all stages in their career and working in any medium. We present a selection of longlisted artists from the latest edition of the award in anticipation of the call for entries deadline.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Call for Entries Countdown: Poetry Winner Sylvia Adams

Sylvia Adams is the winner of the latest edition of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her poem Hands, A Choice. Adams is the author of the novel This Weather of Hangmen, and the writer of award-winning chapbook Mondrian’s Elephant, (Cranberry Tree Press). Titles to her name also include Dinner at the Dog Pound and Sleeping on the Moon, which was the runner-up for the 2006 Lampman Award. We present the winning poem.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: An Insight into the Work of Pamela Bowden

Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: A Selection of Finalists

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries until 31 August, presenting a fantastic opportunity for short fiction and poetry writers to showcase their work to a wider audience. Judges include Arifa Akbar, Literary Editor at The Independent and i newspapers and Professor Oz Hardwick, Writer, Photographer and Musician. The Award invites submissions from writers at any stage in their career. Prizes include publication for shortlisted writers, and a consultation with Christine Green Authors’ Agent and Apples and Snakes for the poetry and fiction winners respectively. Previous finalists include Lesley Quayle, Sharon Black, Lauren K. Alleyne and Christina Lloyd.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Keren Heenan

Short fiction writer Keren Heenan is one of a number of selected writers shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Award and published in the Annual. The Award is open for entries until 31 August, and is accepting works from writers at all stages of their career and on any topic. We present an extract from Heenan’s short story, Lament.

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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival: A Celebration of Global Creativity

Over 150 leading authors and artists from more than 30 countries come together for South-East Asia’s most exciting literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF). Sir VS Naipaul, Amitav Ghosh and Eimear McBride are some of the names to be taking part in this celebration of global issues, big ideas and extraordinary stories.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Writers’ Profiles

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award unites writers from around the world in a celebration of excellence in poetry and short fiction. Whether this is your first writing venture or you have published works previously, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an opportunity to showcase your writing to a wider audience. Finalists from the latest edition of the Award cover a broad range of topics reflecting upon contemporary life and culture through writing. We present a selection of finalists whose contributions to the literary world are great, and continue to impact upon new writing today.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: 2014 Finalists

Celebrating excellence in creative writing from around the world, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is inviting submissions in poetry and short fiction, which will be in with a chance of winning publication. Finalists will also win career-boosting opportunities including, consultations with poetry and fiction organisations and £500 cash amongst other great prizes. We bring you a selection of finalists from the latest Award to reveal what these writers and poets are doing now.

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New Prizes Announced for Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Award

There are four weeks left to enter Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Award, and with new prizes announced including a consultation with London-based agency Christine Green Authors’ Agent and mentoring with Apples and Snakes, it is an opportunity not to be missed. Aspiring literary professionals are encouraged to enter who through the award will be given the chance to publish work and further their involvement in the international literary world. We highlight the prizes that make this award an  important event in any writer’s calendar.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Short Fiction Writer Rosalind Green

Finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award will be given opportunities to generate greater audience reach for their literary works through a number of substantial prizes which include publication. The Award remains open for submissions until 31 August. We look at the short fiction writer Rosalind Green, selected for her story The Love that Mattered, who is now pursuing her dreams as a full-length fiction writer.

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Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica Out Now

Questioning the world around us is a continuous necessity and the desire to challenge everyday systems reinvigorates daily life. This special 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation and we take a look at a number of practitioners that are breaking new ground within their given fields. Inside this issue we start with a retrospective of French artist Annette Messager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. For over five decades she has given ordinary objects new meaning in her large-scale installations.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Dianna Henning

There is one month left to submit poetry and short fiction to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Dianna Henning was longlisted for the most recent Award with her poem Between Young and Old Time, published in the Award’s Annual along with 53 other writers selected by the judging panel. Henning holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published in: Crazyhorse, The Lullwater Review, Poetry International, Fugue, Swink, The Asheville Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review and The Seattle Review.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Short Fiction Writer Gemma Hawdon

Aesthetica celebrates the work of writers through its Creative Writing Award, championing outstanding short fiction that demonstrates creative content and quality of form. Now in its eighth year, the Award supports writers who are longlisted for the Award and publishes their selected works in the Creative Writing Annual. We look in depth at short fiction writer Gemma Hawdon and present an extract from her selected story.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Poet Lucienne Kim Flavell

There is just over one month left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, which supports and publishes creative talent from around the world in an aim to champion emerging and established writers. We highlight those longlisted from the latest award, which include Lucienne Kim Flavell author of Borders, published in the poetry section of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries Countdown: Poet Bob Beagrie

In anticipation of the call for entries countdown for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award on 31 August, we provide an insight into the winning writers selected for the latest prize. Writer of shortlisted poem Tumbleweed (After Edward Hopper & Hart Crane), Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough, UK, and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines and has been translated into Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Karelian, Estonian, Urdu and Swedish.

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Win Granta Subscription through the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is inviting entries in short fiction and poetry from writers at all stages in their career. In addition to publication, £500 prize money, books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books, we are delighted to announce that Aesthetica has partnered with Granta, the quarterly magazine of new writing, to offer each winner a subscription to the publication.

National Literary Trust & Wild in Art: Books about Town, London

Recently, Londoners and visitors might have found themselves sitting on concrete benches, which resemble half open books. Benches not only look like a book, they are fully dressed up by different depictions that resemble and celebrate the literary heritage of London. For the Summer 2014 the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art are the promoters of the project Books about Town whose purpose isn’t just limited to the celebration of the rich literary background that London offers, as it aims to engage the public through the joy of reading, via art.

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Interview with Kyler Zeleny: Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist

Kyler Zeleny’s work focuses on the family album and found Polaroids. His current interests relate to rural mythology, in which he using photography to explore cultures. Zeleny was longlisted in the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize with his piece Broken Road from his current Out West project.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Call for Submissions

Offering both aspiring and established writers the opportunity to publish their work, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a rare chance to further your engagement with an international audience and develop your writing acclaim in the industry worldwide.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction, which promises to inspire you long after reading. This compelling collection unites established and emerging literary talent from across the world, and features the winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2013.

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5 To See at Art Basel

Art Basel brings together contemporary works in its expansive art fair with 300 participating galleries from across the globe. Running 19-22 June, the event includes the highest quality of art in a wide range of forms, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Every year Art Basel attracts tens of thousands of visitors, entertaining everyone from art enthusiasts to collectors. We take a look at five of the galleries participating and the artists represented on their stands this year.

Interview with Photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina

Born in USSR in 1986 in Leningrad city (Saint-Petersburg), photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina has long been impacted by her Russian heritage. Working on a new book that explores the fairy tales of pagan Russia, Bakhtiozina looks for the stories behind the image. The artist studied photography at Central Saint Martins, London, where she lived for a number of years before returning to Moscow. Currently specialising in photo-based-art, fashion photoshoots and music videos, she has been published in Vogue Italy, exhibited work internationally and was the first Russian speaker at TED. She speaks to Aesthetica about her favourite locations and her frustrations with the current trends in photography. 

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to new, international audiences. Presented by Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates outstanding new writing and publishes a collection of finalists every year, which unites established and emerging literary talent from across the world.

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Aesthetica Issue 59 June/July Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.

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Hanna Tuulikki: Away with the Birds

Hanna Tuulikki’s Away with the Birds (Air falbh leis na h-eòin) is a performance piece exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. The performance is an ambitious site-specific project on the Isle of Canna and is an outdoor staging of Tuulikki’s score, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into a soundscape that grows out of the landscape.

Review of Araki by Araki, Taschen

Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes. Unconcerned with taking photographs for a commercial purpose, Araki is content to just show his final works to friends and he prefers to aim his lens at the things he loves and the places he is familiar with. However, his art is due to be appreciated by many more people as an overview of his provocative practice is now documented in Taschen’s Araki by Araki. 

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5 To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

The bank holiday weekend gives most of us two extra days to get out and see some fantastic art. Works from Modern art giant, Henri Matisse, are on display at Tate Modern, while Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography can be seen at Centre Pompidou. Camilla Grimaldi Gallery has salvaged portraits from an art studio in Uganda and brought them over to London and Scotland’s National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ haunting work. Read on to find out more about Aesthetica‘s recommended exhibitions this weekend.

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5 To See This Weekend

In addition to Aesthetica’s very own Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, there’s a number of wonderful art shows on display this weekend. If you’re near York, you can catch some of the most exciting emerging talents and trends in contemporary art today and if you’re elsewhere, you can be bewildered by Tobias Rehberger’s overwhelming installations in Frankfurt. At London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Abraham Cruzvillegas destroys entire movements, while in Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung creates entire cities from mere shadows. Wherever you are, make sure you see something this weekend.

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Winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize Announced

German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Shortlisted Artists

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opens this week on 3 April at York St Mary’s, York. Celebrating innovative and outstanding artworks, the display features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The presentation highlights artistic talent from locations including Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. We take a closer look at the eight selected individuals.

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Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.

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Pick Me Up 2014, Somerset House

The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up, returns for the fifth year. Celebrating graphic art in all its various formations, the event transforms the walls of Somerset House into a visually stimulating masterpiece as it brings together some of the best artists working in this practice from across the world. Aimed at being the antithesis of a traditional art fair, Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival featuring quirky studio spaces in which audiences can shop for affordable artwork from the great and good of graphic arts, and a daily, lively line-up of events which encourage both budding and bonafide artists of all ages to get involved.

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Art Paris Art Fair, 27 – 30 March

Art Paris Art Fair opens today at the Grand Palais in a celebration of contemporary and modern art. Running 27 – 30 March, the fair gathers 144 galleries from around 20 countries, offering guests the chance to revel in art that spans sculpture, photography, painting, design and art books. This year, China is the the guest of honour and the fair aims to uncover new art scenes and talents from the area. Young galleries are also highlighted in the Promises section, looking at the emerging art industry across the globe. A variety of strands join together to make a unique art fair, one that seeks to discover new visions of art.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York

Showcasing innovative and outstanding pieces, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition features shortlisted works from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. This year’s show opens at York St Mary’s, York, in collaboration with York Museums Trust on 4 April and runs until 22 June. The shortlisted artists include Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando and Inés Molina Navea for Photographic & Digital Art; Deb Covell and Elke Finkenauer for Painting & Drawing; Harriet Lewars and Ingrid Hu for Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Julia Weißenberg and Sybille Neumeyer for Video, Installation & Performance.

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Read Aesthetica on Your iPad, iPhone and Android Devices

You can now read Aesthetica Magazine wherever you are with our new digital subscriptions accessible via iPad, iPhone and Android devices. A bi-monthly publication, Aesthetica brings you the latest news in contemporary art and culture. It is the ultimate destination for discovering industry developments, ground-breaking exhibitions and world-class artists.

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Dallas Biennial

For the Dallas Biennial 2014 (DB14) over 50 national and international artists come together to exhibit work in multiple venues across Dallas. Running for four months until 31 May, DB14 fills Texas with exhibitions, performances and lectures. Making the event accessible to everyone, work is displayed in non-profit spaces, galleries, warehouses, artist-run spaces, corporate offices, on a billboard and in a magazine.

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Aesthetica Issue 57 February/March Out Now

Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?

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Richard Deacon, Tate Britain, 5 February – 27 April 2014

A major exhibition of Turner Prize winner and leading British sculptor Richard Deacon opens at Tate Britain from 5 February to 27 April. Best known for his large and open forms, Deacon utilises elements of engineering and combines these with sculptural techniques to create sinuous and contorted shapes. Tate Britain’s exhibition reflects the diversity of Deacon’s range of materials, which includes laminated wood, polycarbonate, leather and clay.