Find out why this installation is attracting attention in York’s art gallery

Two new groundbreaking exhibitions have opened at the York Art Gallery.

The Aesthetic Art Prize is an annual celebration of contemporary art – and this year the 20 finalists will explore topics such as digitization, diaspora identities, the climate crisis and more through a wide variety of artistic media.

The exhibition shows an inflatable installation Porch by environmental artist Steve Messam who will temporarily transform the outdoor space of the gallery. His installations are typically ‘larger than a house’ and utilize color and scale.

Find out why this installation is attracting attention in York's art gallery
‘Siraat’ by Sara Choudhrey

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2022 will take place until September 18th

Porch artist Steve Messam, said; †Porch changes the way people look at York Art Gallery, temporarily changes the front of the building and the way people use the space.

“You can see it from the city walls, the open-top buses and you can come and have lunch outside and enjoy it.

“I think it’s amazing how many people have already stopped to take pictures.”

York Museums Trust urges people to post their photos of Porch by Steve Messam, by tagging York Art Gallery and Aesthetica Magazine on Instagram and Twitter.

Other works on display include Baff Akoto’s Leave the Edges that explores the complex ancestry of cultural expression in the African diaspora and the work of Jason Bruges Studio – a pioneer of the hybrid space between art, architecture and technology.

All pieces in the exhibition will – both individually and collectively – break through the status quo.

Find out why this installation is attracting attention in York's art gallery
Phoebe Collings-James for her artwork ‘How often can I surrender to you?’

Also open at York Art Gallery is Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics and Contemporary Art – Compiled and conceived by Dr. Jareh Das in collaboration with Two Temple Place.

The exhibition will explore works by three generations of black female artists working with clay, including Nigerian pioneer potter Ladi Kwali and international contemporary artists including Bisila Noha, Dame Magdalene Odundo, Jade Montserrat and more.

Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art takes place to September 18th

The aim of this exhibition is to shed new light on under-profile collections and the contributions of black women artists and ceramists at their core through a visually exciting show.

Curator Dr Jareh Das, said: “[The exhibition] celebrates an intergeneration of interdisciplinary artists working with clay, all of whom are turning their ways of working with the medium both conceptually and traditionally on its head.

“Importantly, it revolves around matrilineally passing on such traditions, women to women, within communities in Nigeria and around the world.”

In collaboration with Mediale, in addition to the exhibition, there will also be a range of events and activities with a full program to be announced.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the York Art Gallery website.

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