This year PHotoEspaña will focus on Spanish photography, highlighting the rich energy and diversity offered by photographers across the generations. Now in its 17th edition, the festival is an extensive affair, showcasing 440 artists across 108 exhibitions along with workshops, portfolio viewings, guided tours, screenings, a photobook fair and two competitions. Last year the festival was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, a tribute that marks the end of one era for PHotoEspaña and the beginning of another: for the next three years the festival will focus on specific geographical areas to ensure a broad survey of local developments in photography is captured and to offer a different perspective and more multifacted view of photography.
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.
Born in New Delhi in 1969, George Chakravarthi moved to the UK at the age of 10. It is therefore a reasonable expectation that the theme of identity is one explored in his work. In Thirteen, currently housed within Impressions Gallery, Bradford, the manipulation of gender and identity is keenly explored. The vehicle by which he examines these ideas is through Shakespearean character. This exhibition was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The fictional individuals selected have in common a topical conclusion: self-slaughter.
The inventive and intelligent mind of Dr. Harold Edgerton is responsible for some of the world’s most pioneering photographic devices and techniques. A scientist first and foremost, Edgerton worked with the famous marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau to develop underwater photographic equipment and side-scan sonar devices to map the ocean floor.
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) takes place throughout June, presenting a city-wide celebration of the capital’s extraordinary buildings and landmarks. 2014 is the 10th year of the festival, and its role has consistently developed to include transforming public perception of architecture from a niche interest to a recognition of it as a vital element of the UK’s cultural, economic, social and financial framework.
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.
The creative hub of East London, the Old Truman Brewery arts and media quarter on Brick Lane, plays host once again to Europe’s largest graduate art, design and fashion show, Free Range. The exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s army of young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the look-out to spot rising new talents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GENERATION is an ongoing nationwide series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. Toby Paterson’s show, organised by FCA&C with the Scottish Touring Exhibitions Consortium, is one of the first exhibitions to have opened as part of the project, which sees over 100 artists exhibiting works in more than 60 venues across Scotland throughout 2014.