This spring, a series of free lunchtime talks from leading art figures including curators and artists will run alongside the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, presenting an unique opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders. Speakers include John Keane, Winner of the Main Prize, who will begin the series on 9 April with a discussion of his practice and, specifically, the four paintings from the Fear series selected for this exhibition. Other speakers include Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Sarah Perks, Artistic Director (Visual Art) HOME; and Marcus Lyon, Aesthetica Art Prize shortlisted artist.
John Keane, Winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize
Thursday 9 April
John Keane, who came to national prominence in 1991 when he was appointed as official British war artist during the Gulf War, discusses his paintings from the Fear series, which was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition.
Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield
Thursday 16 April
“What we talk about when we talk about art.” Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, will lead a tour around the exhibition to inspire a discussion on ways of talking and thinking about contemporary art.
Sarah Perks, Artistic Director (Visual Art) HOME
Thursday 23 April
Sarah Perks, Artistic Director (Visual Art) introduces HOME, the north’s brand new contemporary arts centre, and its strategies for cross-art, collaboration and commissioning to offer a place for new work and ideas.
Matthew Hawthorn, Head of Art & Design at York St John University
Thursday 30 April
Matthew Hawthorn, Head of Art & Design at York St John University, investigates the relationship between the artist, audience and environment in performance art through works created for public and private audiences.
Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection
Thursday 14 May
Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection, introduces herself and explains the process of curating a collection in a Q&A with Jenny Alexander, Senior Curator of Art at York Art Gallery.
Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York
Thursday 21 May
Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, talks about the language of film, exploring the relationship between art and moving image, experimental film culture and visual communications.
Marcus Lyon, Shortlisted Artist in the Aesthetica Art Prize
Thursday 28 May
Marcus Lyon, shortlisted artist in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, has works and publications held in both private and international collections. He will discuss his creative practice, process and wider involvement in the art world.
All talks are free to attend and no booking is required. For more information visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize/exhibition-2015
1. Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition. Courtesy Jim Poyner