York St John University and Aesthetica
York St John University is one of the key partners of Aesthetica, a British art and culture magazine. The magazine was founded in 2002 by York St John University alumna Cherie Federico. Cherie graduated with a masters in English in 2003 and is also an honorary fellow of the University.
We are proud to host two key Aesthetica events on campus:
- The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium – Future Now (7-8 March 2019)
- Aesthetica Short Film Festival – BAFTA recognised (6 - 10 November 2019)
Academic colleagues from a wide range of courses share their expertise at the Symposium and the Festival and we are delighted to offer our students the opportunity to attend Aesthetica's prestigious events that attract leading figures in the fields of art and culture to campus.
Future Now Symposium 2019
The Future Now Symposium is a dynamic, two-day event hosted by York St John University on 7 - 8 March 2019 to provide an imaginative platform for attendees to consider the arts ecosystem within a broader social, political and professional context.
We are currently living in a time of globalisation, expansion and media saturation. There have been considerable shifts in civilisation in the Information Age – we now communicate with each other instantly, yet with an alarming level of disconnect. Through panel discussions, lectures and portfolio reviews, The Future Now Symposium is an exploration of 21st century culture through the mechanism of art.
This two-day event brings together key institutions, galleries and publications for discussion surrounding the most pressing issues from today’s creative industries. Through imaginative debates, career advice and cultural engagement, Future Now is a platform for idea generation.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2019
From 6 -10 November the University will be once again be hosting events as part of the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Now in its 9th year, the film festival is just one of many events that make up York’s thriving art scene.
Providing a platform for celebrating the best independent film making in the UK, this year's festival promises to be the biggest and most ambitious yet with over 300 films and 100 events across 15 venues.
As a proud sponsor of ASFF, York St John University is delighted to be hosting screenings and masterclass sessions with film industry innovators. The festival is a fantastic part of York’s event calendar and gives visitors, students and the local community a great opportunity access a prestigious film festival and benefit from the creative inspiration the event brings.