Cover of Aesthetica, February/March 2010
|Categories||Art, Photography, Film, Music, Performance|
|Publisher||Cherie Federico, Dale Donley|
|Company||Aesthetica Magazine Ltd|
Aesthetica is an international art and culture magazine, founded in 2002. The magazine is published bi-monthly and covers contemporary art from around the world, featuring photography, visual art, design, film, music and theatre. The magazine offers a respected opinion on visual art and culture. It has a print and digital readership of over 311,000 and national and international distribution. Cherie Federico, Managing Director and Editor of Aesthetica was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008.
- 1 History
- 2 Content
- 3 Awards
- 4 References
- 5 External links
In 2003 the magazine received distribution at Borders. In 2006 editor Cherie Federico won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2007, the magazine began to be stocked in WHSmith high-street stores and in major galleries including the ICA, Tate and Zabludowicz Collection in London, Arnolfini in Bristol and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.
In 2009, Aesthetica significantly increased its distribution network and is now stocked at major airports and train stations nationwide, department stores such as Selfridges and Harrods and is exported to over 20 countries worldwide.
Aesthetica includes features on art, design, architecture, fashion, film, music and performance, highlighting notable new exhibitions around the world and showcasing photography. The publication covers work by leading artists, such as Steve McQueen, Martin Creed, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ernesto Neto among others.
A large section of the magazine is dedicated to photography and has featured photo essays from artists such as Richard Tuschman and Stephen Shore. It has also published photography by Robert Capa, Formento & Formento, Viviane Sassen, Ryan Schude, Kevin Cooley and Emily Shur.
Recent cover photographers include creative duos Sally Ann & Emily May, JUCO, Yossi Michaeli, Eugenio Recuenco, Daniel Korzewa and Jacques Olivar.
Aesthetica covers the latest exhibitions opening around the world at major art institutions. Previous editorial features have covered Hello, my name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, London; What is Luxury? at the V&A, London; the Future of Fashion is Now at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Frank Gehry’s retrospective at Centre Pompidou, and Anne Collier at MCA Chicago. The 10 to See section showcases some of the best upcoming exhibitions globally.
The film section in Aesthetica reviews and explores new films, with a focus on works of artistic merit. Films covered include works by Ben Wheatley, Richard Ayoade, Atiq Rahimi, and Michel Gondry.
Films reviewed by Aesthetica include BAFTA winning Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, BAFTA-nominated '‘71 by Yann Demange and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth following the life of Nick Cave, which won the Editing Award and the Directing Award at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary category.
The articles on performance cover a diverse range of disciplines including dance, theatre, puppetry and circus. Theatre pieces have covered work from world-renowned companies and institutions such as Punchdrunk, Battersea Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and acclaimed directors and practitioners including Robert Wilson and Joe Murphy. Akram Khan, Carlos Acosta and Shen Wei Dance Arts have also featured as part of the magazine's coverage of dance performance.
Aesthetica's music section offers an insight into a wide variety of genres and musicians. Topics covered include manipulating found sounds, creating music from video games, the rise of YouTube and the evolution of the music video. Other subjects include opera, dance music, instrument design, musical comedy, production and packaging as well as interviews with award-winning musicians such as Alt-J and Submotion Orchestra.
At the end of each magazine is the section Last Words, which features work and a statement by a prominent artist. Previous artists include Cornelia Parker, Abdulnasser Gharem, Pedro Reyes, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon and Linda Bengalis.
Aesthetica also offers the Artists' Directory network for emerging and established practitioners. This provides an opportunity for artists to connect with art collectors and gallerists.
Ann Russell says of her experience in the Artists' Directory: “Being part of the Artists’ Directory has been a very sound investment for me. As the magazine is internationally respected, you can be sure that the right people are looking at your work. I have been contacted by artists, gallery managers and curators from all over the world, many of whom saw my work in Aesthetica. Next year I will hold a solo exhibition in New York, a direct result of exposure in Aesthetica.”
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is hosted by Aesthetica. It is an international film festival which takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. The festival is a celebration of independent short film from around the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. It is a BAFTA recognised film festival. The programme includes film screenings, masterclasses, hosted networking sessions and panel discussions.
The festival opens for entries in December and closes on 31 May. ASFF welcomes film submissions from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. It accepts films with a maximum running time of 30 minutes in all genres, including: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller.
Aesthetica Art Prize
The Aesthetica Art Prize is an annual award, established in 2007. The prize provides a platform for artists to showcase their work to a wider audience and further their involvement in the international art world.
Finalists in the 2016 edition include Rachel Ara, Winner of the 2016 Aesthetica Main Prize; Manchester-based artist Liz West, recipient of an RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London; and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, artist and lecturer at Central St Martins, who was recently shortlisted for Film London’s prestigious Jarman Award.
Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist (1991); Julia Vogl, also shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Damien O'Mara whose winning work was acquired by Gold Coast City Gallery.
The Art Prize is judged by a panel of industry leaders, and for the 2015 exhibition it included artist Anna Vogel; Senior Curator of Art at York Art Gallery, Jenny Alexander; Managing Director of Flowers Gallery, Matthew Flowers; Professor Rob Dickins, CBE; Curator at the Hepworth Wakefield, Dr Sam Lackey; Artistic Director at HOME, Sarah Perks and Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection, Whitney Hintz.
The judges for the 2016 exhibition include Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery; Alex Newson, Senior Curator at the Design Museum; Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Karin Askham, Dean of School of Media, London College of Communication; Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Pavel S. Pyś, Exhibitions & Displays Curator, Henry Moore Institute; John Keane, Aesthetica Art Prize winner 2015; Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator at the Hiscox Collection and Laura Turner, Senior Curator of Art, York Art Gallery.
The call for entries opens in January and closes on 31 August. The prize welcomes submissions from emerging and established artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance.
Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium
Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium is a two-day event held at York St John University. The event presents a series of lectures, panel discussions and portfolio reviews providing networking and talent development opportunities for artists, those working in the sector and the public. The sessions are led by artists, curators, academics and representatives from major cultural institutions in the UK such as Tate, Art Fund, Arts Council England, Whitechapel Gallery, Royal College of Art, Frieze and Glasgow School of Art.
The Symposium was first held 26–27 May 2016. Its second edition takes place 25–26 May 2017. Topics included Innovation in the Making: Technology, Design and Digital; Regeneration: Metropolitan Architecture; The Future of Art Journalism; Talent Development and Art Prizes; Funding and Commissioning and the Changing Face of the Art Institution amongst others. This year, the event addresses how the arrival of the digital age has created an unprecedented feeling of alienation. Communication has changed and we now rely on technology to interact, presenting ourselves in ways that are evolving beyond control. The sense that the public is merging with the domestic has also spread into a larger, blurred depiction of reality. Surveillance is becoming a prevalent and inescapable issue internationally. Contemporary art is the mechanism that enables us to respond to this renewed understanding of living.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize for established and aspiring poets and writers.
Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Annual.; £500 cash prize each; a consultation with literary agent Peter Cox, Managing Director of Redhammer Management; a Full Membership to The Poetry Society; a subscription to Granta, and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage.
The judging panel consists of literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, journalist and literary critic and former Literary Editor of The Independent and i newspapers and poet Oz Hardwick.
The call for entries opens in January and closes on 31 August. The award welcomes submissions in the categories of Poetry and Short Fiction.
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