York Castle Museum


The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition

4 April – 22 June 2014

Celebrating new emerging artists, the Aesthetica Art Prize champions contemporary artwork from around the world.

This year’s exhibition features innovative and outstanding work by shortlisted artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing; and Video, Installation and Performance.

From thousands of submissions, work by eight artists has been selected for exhibition with a further 92 who were longlisted presented within the gallery on monitors. Surveying present day concerns and focusing on the most poignant topics of our times, this show highlights artistic talent from across the globe with locations including Germany, Chile, Italy, New Zealand and the UK.

Stimulating, vibrant and inspirational, the pieces on display engage on multiple levels and create a platform for further conversation.

The contenders for this year’s prize are: Amedeo Abello and Federico Morando (Italy), Deb Covell (UK), Elke Finkenauer (New Zealand), Ingrid Hu (Taiwan/UK), Harriet Lewars (UK), Ines Molina Navea (Chile), Sybille Neumeyer (Germany), and Julia Weiβenberg (Germany).

The winners of this year’s prize will be announced on 03 April. Visitors can also submit their vote for The People’s Prize by completing a form in the exhibition.


Organised in collaboration with Aesthetica Magazine.


Lunchtime Talks

Talks start at 12:30pm. Free, no need to book.


Further your appreciation for contemporary art and enhance your experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize by joining us at the following talks.


No need to book.

Wednesday 23 April (12.30pm – 1.00pm)

Deb Covell, artist and finalist in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, discusses her practice and the importance of art prizes for emerging artists.

Wednesday 7 May (12.30pm – 1.00pm)

Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, debates the challenges of curating in the post-medium age.


Wednesday 21 May (12.30pm – 1.00pm)


James Boaden, lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, talks about the evolution of artists’ film, drawing upon the works in this exhibition.


Wednesday 28 May (12.30pm – 1.00pm)


Cherie Federico, Director of Aesthetica Magazine and judge for the Aesthetica Art Prize, explains the selection process for the shortlisted artists.


Wednesday 4 June (12.30pm – 1.00pm)


Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development North for the Contemporary Art Society, talks about widening the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.


Family Saturday

(Sponsored by the Friends of York Art Gallery)


Saturday 5 April and Saturday 7 June (11.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

Join our artist-led workshops on the first Saturday of every month. Each of these drop-in, practical art workshops is designed to appeal to all the family and is inspired by the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition.


Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A £1.00 charge per participant will be made for materials. No need to book.

York Contemporary Art Walk

Wednesday April 23rd (5.30pm – 7.30pm)


Join Jennifer Alexander, Assistant Curator of Fine Art, for a walking tour of some of York’s most interesting contemporary art exhibitions. The tour will last approximately 2 hours, stopping at 3-4 venues with short talks by curators and artists. FREE. Meet at York St Mary’s.


Find us on www.facebook.com/YorkContemporaryArtWalk or on Twitter: @York_ArtWalk


The Mini Aesthetica Art Prize for Under 12s

Saturday 24 and Monday 26 May (11.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

Drop in and be inspired by the exhibition to create your own mini artwork under the gentle guidance of our workshop artist. You can either take your work home, or leave it to be entered in our Mini Art Prize and have a chance to win a bag of art materials. Winning artists will be notified on 27 May.

A display of the winners’ work can be viewed from 28 May. FREE. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Grown-ups and older siblings are encouraged to join in too – but no prizes for them this time, sorry.

Festival of Ideas Family Fun Day

(In partnership with the University of York)
Saturday 21 June (11.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

A day of practical workshops and fun activities for all the family designed and run by a team of students from the University of York and inspired by the themes and art techniques on display in the exhibition. FREE.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Finding the Value -  Contemporary artists explore aspects of the Madsen Collection
July 4 - November 2 2014

In 2011 Peter Emil Madsen left his estate to York Museums Trust. The generous benefactor donated more than £2 million to the £8 million development of York Art Gallery. Amongst this bequest was his art collection

Finding the Value is an exhibition in which commissioned artists respond to items from the collection and open up questions of the inheritance of cultural values.