Review of Sky Academy Arts Scholarships Showcase Event

Review of Sky Academy Arts Scholarships Showcase Event

Since 2011 Sky Academy Arts Scholarships have supported artists under 30 annually with a £30,000 bursary. Last year’s Scholars include artist James Lomax and dancer Eleesha Drennan.

Review of Grace Schwindt: Only a free individual can create a free society, Site Gallery, Sheffield

Grace Schwindt, Site Gallery

Grace Schwindt’s Only a free individual can create a free society is a captivating feature-length film installation currently in place at Site Gallery, Sheffield and running until 28 February.

The Tell-Tale Heart, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong

The Tell-Tale Heart, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong

The Tell-Tale Heart, a group exhibition curated by Pilar Corrias (London), Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai) and K11 Art Foundation, will open on 13 March to coincide with Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair.

Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas (Filmmakers), Museum of Contemporray Art, Chicago

Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas

Argentine author and director, Mariano Pensotti, is best known for creating theatre that explores the tension between fiction and reality. The director is heralded as an important creative in Argentina.

Interview with Ashley Carr, Performer in Cirque Eloize

Interview with Ashley Carr, Performer in Cirque Eloize

Performance group Cirque Eloize mixes acrobatics, juggling and German wheel performances. The company are due to tour the UK with their visually arresting and stylish production, Cirkopolis.

Encounters, Art Basel, Hong Kong

Encounters, Art Basel

A sector of Art Basel’s Hong Kong show, this year’s edition of Encounters will present 20 large-scale projects by artists from a wide selection of countries including Indonesia, Germany and the U.S.

Interview with Andrew Whaley, Writer of The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco

Interview with Andrew Whaley, Writer of The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco

Andrew Whaley’s play, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco transports the audience back to Zimbabwe in 1986. The piece focuses on Comrade Fiasco, who claims to be a freedom fighter.

The Other Art Fair 2015

The Other Art Fair 2015

Now in its eighth edition, the UK’s leading artist fair, The Other Art Fair, opens on 23 April at its new location in Bloomsbury, London.

Theatrical Animations

Theatrical Animations

Puppet Animation Scotland and manipulate support and explore the crossover between puppet theatre and animated film, breaking the boundaries and encouraging a wider audience.

We Could Be Heroes, The Photographers' Gallery, London

We Could Be Heroes, The Photographers' Gallery

In 20 bittersweet photographs taken over the last century from master photographers, this exhibition explores youth culture and the various rites of passage towards adulthood.

Review of Jeff Koons, Pompidou Centre, Paris

Review of Jeff Koons, Pompidou Centre, Paris

In this retrospective of American artist Jeff Koons, Pompidou Centre provides viewers with an illuminating chronology on the evolution of one of contemporary art’s most controversial figures.

Christian Marclay, White Cube Bermondsey, London

Christian Marclay, White Cube Bermondsey, London

Continuing Christian Marclay’s long-standing interest in the relationship between image and sound, this show is comprised of works on canvas and paper.

Sidsel Christensen, Andrew Leventis and Lisa Slominski: We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

We Never Dream Alone, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

In We Never Dream Alone, works by Sidsel Christensen, Andrew Leventis and Lisa Slominski see the borders between real and unreal, fact and fiction, virtual and visceral, and blurred and explored.

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 - 25 January, 2015

Highlights of London Art Fair, 21 - 25 January, 2015

The UK’s premier fair for Modern and contemporary British art opens for its private view today. Situated in the Business Design Centre, Islington, the 27th edition of the London Art Fair will be on view to the public 21-25 January.

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything Festival, 25-28 February, Manchester

FutureEverything is not staging a retrospective, but a platform for a global community to collaboratively reflect on the bleeding edges of art, academia, design and business.

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Highlights from the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

During December 2014, the small fishing town of Kochi in South India’s state of Kerala, was besieged by the international art crowd as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (KMB) opened its second edition.

HISTORY IS NOW: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery, London

HISTORY IS NOW: 7 Artists Take On Britain, Hayward Gallery, London

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, History Is Now will look at the last 70 years of British history to offer a new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.

KAIROS, In Conjunction with Playtime Exhibition, Cornerhouse, Manchester

KAIROS, In Conjunction with Playtime Exhibition, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Group exhibition, Playtime, is the final Cornerhouse group exhibition before they make their move into HOME in May 2015. The show sees a selection of artists including Rosa Barba, Niklas Goldbach, Andy Graydon and many more.

Review of Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs, ICA, London

Review of Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs, ICA, London

Described as a “grotto of visual excess” Julie Verhoeven’s exploration of gender identity past and present is a disturbing explosion of kitsch and womanhood.

Tunga: From

Tunga: From"La Voie Humide, Pilar Corrias London

The enigmatic, almost totemic, structures currently on view at Pilar Corrias in London, are the new body of work by Brazilian artist Tunga. Entitled “La Voie Humide” (translated The Humid Way), this is his second show at the gallery.

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori, MCA Chicago

Manual Cinema’s Mementos Mori is a feature-length cinematic shadow play that combines overhead projectors, intricate paper puppets, sound effects, a live onstage chamber ensemble, and live actors to discuss digital culture.

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre, London

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre

Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva will present a magical, immersive film installation. Their kaleidoscopic world created by 27 16mm films and two camera obscura works, takes viewers on an imaginative journey into science, philosophy and religion.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, ICA, London

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA

For its 65th anniversary, Bloomberg New Contemporaries arrives at the ICA for the fifth time and selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools out of 1,400 submissions.

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

Sophie Calle’s First Solo Exhibition in China, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong

For Sophie Calle’s first solo exhibition in China, the artist has covered an entire wall with images from her Cash Machine project. The piece first originated in 1988 and was extended 15 years later.

Akram Khan Curates One Side to the Other at The Lowry, Salford Quays

Akram Khan Curates One Side to the Other at The Lowry, Salford Quays

Renowned choreographer and dancer, Akram Khan curates the second in The Lowry’s Performer as Curator series, bringing together a personal selection of his influences in the form of sculpture, painting, photography, film, live installation and performance.

Bolt Gallery for Russian Art and Design (GRAD), London

Bolt Gallery for Russian Art and Design (GRAD), London

GRAD sparks new ideas by providing audiences with insights into Russian art, design and culture. Through costume designs and period photographs, this exhibition explores Bolt, Dmitri Shostakovich’s ballet written in 1931.

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

London Short Film Festival Announces 2015 Programme

For the 12th year, London Short Film Festival returns with an outstanding programme of short films. Running 9 – 18 January, the festival aims to prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

Top 10 Exhibitions in 2014

Top 10 Exhibitions in 2014

2014 has been a great year for contemporary art exhibitions. The huge range of practices on display demonstrates the variety of artistic approaches being developed across the world. From Martin Creed to Annette Messager, all of the artists listed here demonstrate both skill and thought.

Disinformation, The Analysis of Beauty, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

The first instalment of gap in the air festival took place in November with a mesmerising in-situ sound and video piece by noise DJ, artist and researcher Joe Banks. Working under the guise of Disinformation since 1995, Banks has pioneered the use of ‘radio’ noise.

Playtime: Nine Artists Celebrate the Iconic Venue, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Playtime, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Moving sites in spring 2015, Manchester-based cross art form organisation, Cornerhouse, closes its current space with nine artists, filmmakers and musicians celebrating the iconic venue: Rosa Barba, Niklas Goldbach and more.

World Wide Women: Ritual, Cob Studios, The Cob Gallery, London

World Wide Women: Ritual, Cob Studios, The Cob Gallery

Established by fine-art photographer Anouska Beckwith in 2012, World Wide Women is an all-female international collective of photographers and artists which seeks to represent the free spirit of women in the contemporary art world.

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Artist Filmmaker Ursula Mayer Wins the 2014 Film London Jarman Award

Film London has announced Ursula Mayer as winner of the 2014 Jarman Award. The Austrian-born filmmaker was selected from a shortlist of 10 visionary and boundary-crossing visual artists working in the UK. An annual celebration of experimentation, the award recognises artist filmmakers whose creative practice defies conventional classification.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology Presents the Winners and Finalists for 2014

Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology Presents the Winners and Finalists

The compelling collection of poetry and short fiction in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology unites established and emerging literary talent from around the world, and features the finalists from this year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

What is David Bowie, David Bowie in Aesthetica Magazine

What is David Bowie, David Bowie in Aesthetica Magazine

There are few musicians who can parallel the aesthetic and imaginative influence of David Bowie – master of storytelling, fantasy and re-invention – over the past five decades. The characters and constructions of Bowie’s imagination have transcended the boundaries of music.

Review of John at National Theatre, London

Review of John, National Theatre, South Bank, London

The use of physical theatre by DV8 honours the company’s name. Deviating from any traditional performative categories, it sits between finely tuned body language, as in theatre, and the body as language, as in dance. The company’s method is well suited to John, whose script retells verbatim an interview with the show’s eponymous hero.

5 To See at Art Basel Miami Beach

5 To See at Art Basel, Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach brings together works for its extensive art fair from over 250 participating galleries worldwide. Running from 4-7 December, the exhibition is inclusive of photography, paintings, sculptures, multimedia and many other mediums.

Unconventional Design: Discover Aesthetica Issue 62, Official Trailer

The December/ January issue of Aesthetica is available to purchase online and in stores internationally. In Issue 62, we focus on the unconventional. It’s a celebration of practitioners who are experimenting in their field.

Inclusive Practice, Martin Creed in Aesthetica Magazine

Inclusive Practice, Martin Creed in Aesthetica Magazine

At the 2001 Tate Turner Prize, Yorkshire-born artist Martin Creed (b. 1968) presented Work No. 227: The lights going on and off. Consisting of an empty room, the work existed as, quite literally, the lights in the room going on and off every five seconds, cyclically submerging the room in darkness.

Compelling Movement

Compelling Movement

The 39th London International Mime Festival focuses on the spaces between theatre and dance, playing with language, and making the invisible visible.

Sacred, Chelsea Theatre, London

Sacred, Chelsea Theatre

The seventh Sacred season of live art and contemporary performance at Chelsea Theatre premieres work from artists, who explore our taboos, examine assumptions about gender and toy with the boundaries of multimedia.