The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Main (Rachel Ara) and Student Prize (David Hochgatterer) winners have been announced, however, the People’s Choice is yet to be revealed. Here’s your chance to vote for your favourite artwork showcased at the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, on view until 29 May. From ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology, this year’s presentation instigates a cohesive commentary on the way we inhabit the Earth.
To mark its ninth year, the award invites audiences to engage with some of today’s key cultural, social, political, environmental and economic themes through a selection of shortlisted works in the following categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting & Drawing; and Video, Installation & Performance. Questions of material and personal value align with definitions of virtual and physical realms; depictions of natural landscapes defy tangible realities; and an awareness of time is envisaged in elements of light and sound.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their shortlisted winner in the People’s Choice Award, and will be entered into a free Prize Draw to win an Aesthetica Creative Package – including a one-year subscription, the Future Now publication of shortlisted and longlisted works and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – a compelling collection of poetry and short fiction. Explore the show and select your favourite from this year’s 10 finalists: Adriana Salazar, Gabriela Torres Ruiz, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Henry Driver, Ellie Davies, James Winter, David Hochgatterer, Jennifer López Ayala, Liz West and Rachel Ara.
The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition is open until 29 May, Wed-Sun, 12-4pm, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN.
Engage with a dynamic series of talks and discussions at the Future Now Symposium – a new two-day event organised in conjunction with the award, taking place on 26-27 May. Find out more: www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/symposium.
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1. The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2016. Courtesy of Jim Poyner.