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PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin

The theme for the fifth edition of PhotoIreland Festival is Truth, Fact, Fiction, Lies. Looking at how photography is used for storytelling, the festival presents 27 photographers exhibiting in various venues around the city centre.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. This year the Main Prize winner, as chosen by an impressive panel of judges including curators, artists and the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, Cherie Federico, will be awarded £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox – presenting career-boosting opportunities for the artist.

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Final Week to Visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

This spring and summer, the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition presents eight shortlisted artists contributing outstanding works to contemporary art and will continue to run until 22 June showcasing artistic talent from around the world in a ground-breaking group show.

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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.

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Tunday Akintan: The Yorubeat Innovator

There are those that argue that talent is not innate. Rather, it is the ironclad will to keep on practicing in the face of impossibilities. Then there are others who garner talent by being born talent adjacent. Tunday Akintan is one such musician who is lucky in both ways.

VOLTA10 Video Series: Anthony Goicolea

VOLTA10 returns to Basel from 16-21 June. This year the vibrant art fair has teamed up with GalleryLOG to produce a number of inspiring videos that take a closer look at the work produced by a number of artists appearing at VOLTA. This year’s films cover Melanie Bonajo, Kadar Brock, Peter Funch, Anthony Goicolea, Patrick Jacobs and Todd Pavlisko. The participants are involved in a number of different creative forms, including sculpture, interactive art, painting and photography. Aesthetica readers can watch a selection of the insightful short films on the blog.

VOLTA10 Video Series: Kadar Brock

VOLTA10 returns to Basel from 16-21 June. This year the vibrant art fair has teamed up with GalleryLOG to produce a number of inspiring videos that take a closer look at the work produced by a number of artists appearing at VOLTA. This year’s films cover Melanie Bonajo, Kadar Brock, Peter Funch, Anthony Goicolea, Patrick Jacobs and Todd Pavlisko. The participants are involved in a number of different creative forms, including sculpture, interactive art, painting and photography. Officially released on 14 June, Aesthetica readers can watch an exclusive preview on the blog. Over the next few days we will be posting some of the insightful short films.

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Cast Your Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award

Aesthetica is inviting visitors to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award. The exhibition, housed at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, runs until 22 June and presents the work of eight shortlisted artists. Following on from the official announcement of the winners of the Main Prize and Student Prize Awards, Sybille Neumeyer and Harriet Lewars respectively, Aesthetica is giving audiences the opportunity to choose their winner. Additionally, voters are entered into the Free Prize Draw with a chance of winning an exclusive evening in York, including a meal for two at Le Cochon Aveugle, cinema tickets for Reel and champagne cocktails at 1331.

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Chronovisor: Archive, South Kiosk, London

Continuing their interest in bringing together old and new technologies to reinterpret information and its uses, South Kiosk gallery takes the chronovisor, a device which allegedly allows its user to browse through history, as the point of departure for Chronovisor: Archive, which runs until 20 June.

VOLTA10 Video Series: Todd Pavlisko

VOLTA10 returns to Basel from 16-21 June. This year the vibrant art fair has teamed up with GalleryLOG to produce a number of inspiring videos that take a closer look at the work produced by a number of artists appearing at VOLTA. This year’s films cover Melanie Bonajo, Kadar Brock, Peter Funch, Anthony Goicolea, Patrick Jacobs and Todd Pavlisko. The participants are involved in a number of different creative forms, including sculpture, interactive art, painting and photography. Officially released on 14 June, Aesthetica readers can watch an exclusive preview on the blog. Over the next few days we will be posting some of the insightful short films. 

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Serpentine Park Nights 2014. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens

Throughout the summer and autumn, the Serpentine Galleries will once again present Park Nights, an annual series of live art events, incorporating poetry, music, film, literature and performance. It takes place on selected Friday evenings in the Serpentine Pavilion 2014, which has been designed by architect Smiljan Radic.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s

The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is a dynamic display of innovative artworks from artists all over the world, spanning genres from painting to drawing, video to installation and three dimensional design to sculpture. Running until 22 June, the Art Prize exhibition presents an opportunity to engage with today’s leading contemporary artists in a major group show.

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START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London

START is a focused art fair, limited to 44 young galleries showcasing new artists from around the world. The aim is to give young galleries a global platform to display their artists’ work at an important stage in their development and to bring them to the attention of a culturally engaged audience. This year the international line-up includes exhibitors from Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, India, Italy, Myanmar, the UK and the USA.

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Aesthetica Art Prize: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize, which is now open for entries, is an annual award given by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, distinguished by its dynamic content, merging compelling critical debate and stunning images, to engage with all aspects of visual art and culture. The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world and offers both budding artists and established practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society

The series of contemporary art talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition concludes with a discussion led by Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society. Topics discussed include the Contemporary Art Society’s aim to widen the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. Join Doyle on Wednesday 4 June at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in the setting of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, from 12.30pm. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

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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.

Forced Entertainment, The Notebook, LIFT at Battersea Arts Centre, London

UK theatre company Forced Entertainment present the UK premiere of their new performance, The Notebook, as part of After a War in the festival LIFT. A festival of international theatre and performance, LIFT transforms the city into a stage for artists to bring radical and inventive stories from their own countries to London. After a War is co-curated by Tim Etchells and Mark Ball and brings 22 artists from across the world to the Southbank Centre and Battersea Arts Centre to reflect on the lasting shadow of World War I and contemporary issues of war and peace.

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SohoCreate, 4-6 June, London

SohoCreate opens next week, 4-6 June, for its inaugural creative festival. With an outstanding line-up of guests, including Rob Ryan, Michael Craig-Martin and Yinka Shonibare, the event runs panel sessions with some industry experts. SohoCreate offers a rare opportunity to hear from the UK’s leading creatives in panels crossing a variety of genres. Audiences will also have the chance to be privy to a number of conversations between experts, such as world-renowned architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Frieze Art Founder Matthew Slotover and celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare as they discuss how our imagination is what makes us human and how essential creativity is to our future.

10 Degree Shows To See

Degree Show season is upon us once more and art students up and down the UK are in the process of preparing their final projects for examination. The concluding exhibitions offer a public audience an insight into the brightest new talents at work in the art industry. From Edinburgh to Plymouth, London to Norwich, Aesthetica takes a look at the best emerging artists.

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Clifford Owens, Better the Rebel You Know, Cornerhouse, Manchester

This summer Cornerhouse in Manchester will host the first major European show by American conceptual artist Clifford Owens, across all three of its galleries. Owens’ work explores the intersection of photography, video, text and performance. His practice seeks to challenge the boundaries of performance, and the possibilities of interaction between artist and audience.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine

Cherie Federico is the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize. She will be leading the fourth talk in the series held at York St Mary’s as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition – a dynamic and innovative display of outstanding contemporary art from around the world, running until 22 June.

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The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Continues for One More Month

Today there is one month left to visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Featuring eight artists working in media from photography to film and painting to installation, the show represents the breadth and quality of work being produced today in the UK and internationally. The finalists hail from New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain; and the works of a further 92 international artists is displayed on monitors with the gallery. To celebrate this landmark exhibition in contemporary international art, we highlight works within the Video, Installation and Performance category, which can all be viewed here via YouTube and Vimeo.

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Krakow Film Festival 2014

Krakow Film Festival in Poland opens this May for its 54th edition. Running for eight days from 25 May until 1 June, the event is one of the oldest film festivals dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. Audiences have the opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad. Films are presented in competitions and in curated sections looking at particular a filmmakers’ output, themes within the industry and historical footage. The screenings are accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the filmmakers. Every year Krakow Film Festival hosts about 600 Polish and international guests: directors, producers, film festival programmers and numerous audience from within the city.

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Various Artists, Jerwood Encounters: TTTT, Jerwood Space, London

Curated by Sarah Williams, TTTT responds to recent developments amongst artists around language, technology, image dissemination, sentimentality and anxiety. A series of reconfigured works from artists exploring sculpture and screen-based practices will be shown alongside new works by Oliver Laric and Benedict Drew.

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Interview with ICA Curator, Juliette Desorgues on Walerian Borowczyk

A retrospective of the work of Walerian Borowczyk (1923-2006) is due to go on display at the ICA, London, this week. The Listening Eye highlights the artist’s extensive work in filmmaking, painting and sculpture. Primarily know from his erotic films such as Immoral Tales (1974) and The Beast (1975), Borowczyk also produced a number of animations,  including Les Jeux des Anges (1964), Le Dictionnaire de Joachim (1965) and Le Théatre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal (1967). We speak to Associate Curator at the ICA, Juliette Desorgues, about what audiences can expect from the exhibition and their partnership with the BFI.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

The third in the series of free lunchtime talks taking place as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize is led by University of York Lecturer and Art Historian, James Boaden. From 12.30pm to approximately 1pm on Wednesday 21 May, join Boaden at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, as he talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in the exhibition.

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Dryden Goodwin, Poised, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Originally commissioned and presented by Film and Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion at the time of the London 2012 Olympics, Dryden Goodwin’s film installation piece Poised, returns for the Yorkshire Festival 2014. The festival will run until 6 July and is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event, in its 111 year history.

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Review of Oberhausen Short Film Festival

It is a major accolade for a short film festival to reach its 60th year. Oberhausen Short Film Festival was launched in 1954 and festival Director, Dr. Lars Henrik Gass notes: “The festival has now already been running for 60 years. This is surprising not just in view of the fact that short films are less than ever associated with the chance earning a decent living, but above all because of the economic situation of the city of Oberhausen itself, which for six decades has shouldered the costs of one of the most important events in avant-garde film. So if the festival still exists, it is thanks to Oberhausen and to the pesistence of a city that was not born to wealth, prestige of attractions.”

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Review of Bruce Nauman, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Given The Harris’s Grade I listed neo-classical exterior, many people often simply associate the gallery with Victorian paintings and historical collections, and although this assumption isn’t entirely wrong, The Harris is rapidly building a reputation for its strong and innovative contemporary arts programme. As part of this programme and in collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS On Tour, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled to be hosting a carefully curated snippet of works by influential American artist, Bruce Nauman.

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Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit plays host to the solo show of London based artist, Shezad Dawood. Spanning the gallery’s ground floor and first floor levels, it comprises several sculptures, including some neon light works, five large scale paintings on textile and two videos. A Mystery Play (2010) is the title of the 15 minute black and white video showing upstairs, whereas Towards the Possible Film (2014) is the cornerstone 20 minute colour film that lends its title to the entire exhibition.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Longlisted Artist Kathy Hinde

Piano Migrations by Kathy Hinde features in the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist of 100 artists from around the world. Her work, part of the Video, Installation & Performance category, unites the two practices of visual art and music composing.

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Vote in the Aesthetica Art Prize and Win an Exclusive Evening in York

Aesthetica is inviting the people of Yorkshire to cast their vote for the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award this spring. Following on from the initial success of the exhibition, Aesthetica is giving visitors the opportunity to choose their winner. Additionally, voters are entered into the Free Prize Draw with a chance of winning an exclusive evening in York, including a meal for two at Le Cochon Aveugle, cinema tickets for Reel and champagne cocktails at 1331.

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GAST: Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony, Lincoln

Home is where the heart is, and artists Dale Fearnley and Laura Mahony have opened theirs to the outside world. A collaborative project with Ian Malicom, GAST is a unique exhibition situated inside the couple’s home and includes film, sculpture, installation and most interestingly, live performance.

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NOISE Festival Open for Entries

NOISE Festival is now open for entries. The award-winning national arts charity has announced an outstanding line up of Curators to handpick online entries for the 2014 event, including fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider), architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Eden Project), pioneering musician Brian Eno, acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), cult horror film writer Clive Barker, photographer Elaine Constantine, and arts broadcaster Tim Marlow (White Cube Gallery) and more.

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Join Lunchtime Talks at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

Over the coming weeks, a series of lunchtime talks will run in conjunction with the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. With leading artists and professionals in the art world presenting these discussions, there is an opportunity to gain significant insight into the latest developments in the practice and curation of art.

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Hetain Patel: American Boy, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Hetain Patel, takes to the stage for a very personal take on identity shape-shifting in his new solo American Boy. Patel constructs a warm and funny self-portrait entirely from quotes from American movies and home-grown television. In a seamless synthesis of the vocal and physical impersonations of his playground days, he looks at the multiple personas that we all inhabit in our day-to-day lives. The show runs on 20 and 21 May at Sadler’s Wells and goes on tour this autumn. We interview Patel about the inspiration behind American Boy.

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Review of Freedom Has No Script at Iniva, Rivington Place, London

In November 2013 Iniva announced that the first recipient of its Commissions and Exhibitions Fund would be Turkish artist Burak Delier, whose work strives to provide a critique of capitalism through contemporary art. An expansive exhibition of Delier’s recent ingenious work curated by Iniva’s pioneering Chief Executive Officer Tessa Jackson is now on display at Rivington Place. Each and every work included in the exhibition exclaims Freedom Has No Script, in a manner befitting the conditions presented to us by a world of fake and fabricated freedoms.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: People’s Choice Award

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition brings dynamic, contemporary art to a medieval setting in the heart of York. From thousands who entered, eight artists have been selected for exhibition in the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.

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Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talks: Artist and Finalist Deb Covell

Join leading contemporary artist and Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell at the first in a series of talks that will discuss and debate developments in the art world. Starting on 23 April, the talks run on Wednesdays from 12.30 – 1pm at York St Mary’s and are open to the public and free to attend.

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RSA Annual Exhibition , Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the Royal Scottish Academy’s programme, showcasing work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in its 188th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary paintings, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country’s leading architects.