Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy team developed and manages the Aspen Digital Art Award, the UK’s first student award for digital art. The award was established in 2013, representing Aspen’s commitment to the most cutting-edge creative practice. The award also reflects the Contemporary Art Society’s mission to identify and support emerging artists in the UK and to provide a platform to showcase important new work for the benefit of audiences across the country.
In 2017 the award, previously known as the Aspen Online Art Award, has doubled in value and expanded internationally to reflect Aspen’s global presence. Recent graduates from prestigious art schools in London, New York and Zurich will be nominated by their tutors into a shortlisting process managed by the Contemporary Art Society.
The award offers a select group of graduates professional development and the opportunity to showcase their work on the Aspen collection website. One artist is commissioned each year to produce a digital artwork and the 2016 Award was won by Matilda Skelton Mace. Her work, Sky Island, 2017, is a virtual world created from the unique digital fingerprints of users. The launch of the first award was covered by a host of media outlets including the Independent and the New York Times.
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