Aesthetica Art Prize 2014

Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize: A Dynamic and Must See Exhibition

Sarah Jane Palmer Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize

Exhibition: 4 April – 22 June 2014

Sarah Jane Palmer has been selected from over thousands of entries as part of the longlist for the highly acclaimed Aesthetica Art Prize.

Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, the international art and culture publication, in partnership with York Museums Trust, the Art Prize is a platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world to bring their work to a wider audience. Taking place in the exceptional setting of York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, the exhibition reframes the relationship between the historic and the contemporary by uniting the international rising stars of the art world in a major group show.


2013’s inaugural exhibition welcomed 10,000 visitors in seven weeks; this year’s exhibition features innovative and outstanding pieces from the shortlisted artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The works take 2014’s Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition to a new level, with many of the artists re-defining the boundaries of their medium; paint becomes a sculptural tool, brass an interactive musical installation and drawing is lifted into three dimensional reality. CLICK HERE to view a selection of artworks.


A further 92 artists as part of the longlist will be exhibiting work on monitors within the gallery. Surveying present day concerns and focusing on the most relevant topics of our times, this collection highlights artistic talent from across the globe with locations including Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Chile, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, the USA and across the UK being represented.


The Aesthetica Art Prize is truly a unique event, offering a window of opportunity to experience and appreciate the international breadth and range of artwork being produced today. The works address social and environmental issues, memory and history, identity and overall interrogate and play with form. Stimulating, vibrant and inspirational, the pieces on display engage on many levels and create a platform for further conversation.

Janet Barnes, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, says: "I am delighted at, once again, having a truly international exhibition of contemporary art coming to York St Mary's. This chance to see some of the best of the new in art further enriches the development of our contemporary art programme. "

Aesthetica Magazine Editor and Art Prize Director, Cherie Federico says: “We were thrilled with last year’s exhibition; it is a rare opportunity and a privilege to have the chance to view so many engaging and compelling works that comment so profoundly on life in the 21st century. I am delighted that through the Aesthetica Art Prize, we are able to connect artists to a wider audience and contribute to current discussions in contemporary art.”


There are several events running alongside this year’s Art Prize from free lunchtime talks, Art Walks and activities for young people and families. All 100 artists’ works are available to view in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2014, on sale at the exhibition, online and at select galleries nationwide.


Aesthetica Art Prize partners and sponsors include York Museums Trust, York St John University, Barber Titleys Solicitors, The Hepworth Wakefield, Winsor & Newton, Thomas & Paul Gallery and Prestel. There are two prizes – Main Prize and Student Prize. The winner of the Main Prize receives £1,000, 6 months studio space courtesy of the Thomas & Paul Gallery, art supplies courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and a collection of art books from Prestel. The Student Prize wins £500, art mentorship sessions courtesy of the Thomas & Paul Gallery, art supplies courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and a collection of art books from Prestel.




Shortlisted Artists’ Biographies:


Photographic and Digital Art

Main Prize: Inés Molina Navea

Inés Molina Navea is a photographic artist and a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Chile. She has received a National Grant of Arts on three occasions. In Chile her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende (solo show), and others. She has had international exhibitions in Spain, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, USA and Germany.

Student Prize: Amedeo Abello and Federico Morando

Amedeo Abello was born in Turin in 1986. After graduating from Turin Polytechnic, he took part in the Erasmus programme at the Ecole Superiéure des Arts Sait-Luc in Liège, Belgium. He is studying for a MA at IUAV University of Venice. Abello is co-founder of the Luckyshoes publishing house and has fulfilled a residency at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice and an internship at Vitra, Paris.


Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture

Main Prize: Ingrid Hu

Ingrid Hu is a designer and artist living and working in London. She has designed for theatre, dance and sound performances, as well as public art projects. She received her MA in Scenography from Central St Martins in 2002, and worked for the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio for 7 years before setting up her own practice.

Student Prize: Harriet Lewars

Harriet Lewars, born in Somerset, is a Fine Art Graduate of London Metropolitan University, whose practice centred in drawing has evolved to embrace sculpture. A keen violinist, she is interested in analogies and interfaces between visual arts and music. Harriet has worked as a freelance illustrator and collaboratively as a commissioned artist for the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.


Painting and Drawing

Main Prize: Deb Covell

Deb Covell is a UK-based artist. She is interested in exploring the sculptural potential of acrylic paint and her work has been described as “graceful minimalism” by Robert Clark of the Guardian. She exhibits regularly and her work is held in public and private collections in the UK and abroad, including the Mima collection.

Student Prize: Elke Finkenauer

Elke Finkenauer was born in New Zealand and received her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts. Her work explores languages of drawing through engagement with line, gesture, surface and process. Elke’s work has been represented in various competitions, exhibitions and public commissions.


Video, Installation and Performance

Main Prize: Sybille Neumeyer

Sybille Neumeyer (1982) is a German artist and designer. She received an MA in Communication Design at HKB Bern (2011). Her work focuses on phenomena and structures in science, culture and nature which she translates into installation works, videos or paper works, often based on methods of repetition, archiving and collecting.

Student Prize: Julia Weißenberg

Julia Weißenberg, born 1982 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in 2012. She works mainly with video and has taken part in several exhibitions and festival screenings, including Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Currently she is a scholarship holder in Schloss Ringenberg.


Notes for Editors:

1. Judges

The impressive list of judges for this year’s prize comprises of influential art figures and curators: Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine; Laura Turner, Curator at York Art Gallery; Frances Guy, Head of Collection and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield; and Stuart Semple, internationally renowned  painter.


2. York St Mary’s

York St Mary’s is a medieval church in the centre of York. It was de-consecrated in 1958 and in 2004 York Museums Trust opened it as a contemporary art venue. The first exhibition was a light crescendo, which brought together a number of works by international artists. In 2005, York Museums Trust commissioned breathing space by Caroline Broadhead, followed by Echo by Susie MacMurray in 2006. 2007-8 was The Memory of Place by Keiko Mukaide. In 2009 Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings used shards of medieval pottery from the Yorkshire Museum to create an installation Five Sisters inspired by the window of the same name at York Minster. In 2010 Susan Stockwell installed Flood made from thousands of disused computer components, while last year saw Cornelia Parker’s Thirty Pieces of Silver displayed, on loan from Tate.


3. Aesthetica Magazine

Aesthetica is an internationally recognised brand, with a combined online and print audience of 140,000 worldwide. Engaging with art and culture both in the UK, Europe and further a field and Aesthetica’s editorial combines dynamic content with compelling critical debate, attracting a high-profile, culturally aware audience. Aesthetica is a respected voice in contemporary art and culture and is stocked through WH Smiths nationally, major galleries including Tate Modern, ICA and the Serpentine as well as exported to 20 countries worldwide. Each issue covers visual art, film, music and performance and is published bi-monthly (6 times per year). For further information visit


4. Free Lunchtime Talks: 12.30pm – 1.00pm at York St Mary’s

23 April

Deb Covell, artist and finalist of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, discusses her practice and the importance of art prizes for emerging artists.

7 May

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

21 May

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.

28 May

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

4 June

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


5. Further information
For interviews with any of the artists or judges please contact Alexandra Beresford on 01904 629 137 or and Lee Clark on 01904 687673 or


6. The exhibition runs from 4 April – 22 June. Free Admission. 10am -5pm.


7. Partners and sponsors include York Museums Trust, York St John University, Barber Titleys Solicitors, The Hepworth Wakefield, Winsor & Newton, Thomas & Paul Gallery, Prestel.


8. There are two prizes – Main Prize and Student Prize. The winner of the Main Prize receives £1, 000, 6 months studio space courtesy of the Thomas & Paul Gallery, art supplies courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and a collection of art books from Prestel. The Student Prize wins £500, art mentorship sessions courtesy of the Thomas & Paul Gallery, art supplies courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and a collection of art books from Prestel.


9. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who after winning the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2012, went on to win the Catlin Art Prize and was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize. While other notable entrants include leading modern expressionist and 2011 finalist Marcus Jansen, who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns; and Bernat Millet, finalist in 2012, who has also been shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.


10. Websites for further information 






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