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.
Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, in partnership with York Museums Trust, the Art Prize brings international contemporary artwork to the city of York in a dynamic and engaging exhibition. Now in its second year, the exhibition presents a great opportunity for local, national and international visitors to experience something new and exciting.
With shortlisted pieces in photography, painting and drawing to three dimensional design, sculpture and film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Audiences are invited to interact with the show; Harriet Lewars’ Frustum Super Planum Cum Filia Lyrae (2013) is a playable musical sculpture; Elke Finkenauer’s Draw A Line Somewhere (2013) is a drawing lifted into three dimensional reality, suspended from the vaults of the church, and invites viewers to experience it in the round.
Other artists in the exhibition and up for nomination include: Deb Covell’s Black and White Paintings (2013), which have been described as “graceful minimalism” by Robert Clark of the Guardian; Inés Molina Navea’s compelling photographic series 541 días (2013) previously showcased in Spain, Argentina, Peru, the USA and Germany; and Ingrid Hu’s bowl display Longplayer (2013), who worked as a designer for Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio for seven years before setting up her own practice. Remaining artists are Julia Weißenberg who presents her outstanding essay film There is no real way of knowing (2013) and Amedeo Abello & Federico Morando presenting their work LIFE/FILE (2013), which is hot on the pulse of digital innovation.
To celebrate the Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award, the winner will be treated to a truly unique dining experience at one of York’s most finest restaurants Le Cochon Aveugle, amongst other prizes. The Prize Draw Winner and the People’s Choice Award winning artist will be announced on 1 July. Voting can only take place in the gallery and ends 22 June.
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. Until 22 June. Open Daily 10am – 5pm. Free Admission.
1. Kyler Zeleny, Broken Road. Longlisted Artist in the Aesthetica Art Prize.
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