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Future Now Symposium 2023
23-24 March | Yorkshire Museum, York

Debate | Discuss | Connect

The Future Now Symposium is an exploration of 21st century culture through the mechanism of art. This multi-disciplinary event brings together key institutions, galleries, publications and artists for discussion surrounding the most pressing issues from today’s creative industries.  

Through imaginative debates, panel discussions, career advice and cultural engagement, Future Now is a platform for idea generation. You will be able to hear from the world’s leading curators, artists, gallerists and publications.  

We will also be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Aesthetica Magazine and the founders, Cherie Federico and Dale Donley will be speaking about setting up an independent publication.  

Key Speakers Include:  

  • Cornelia Parker OBE (Royal Academy of Arts, Election Artist for UK General Election 2017) 
  • Ingrid Pollard MBE (Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellow, Turner Prize nominee 2022) 
  • Yuri Suzuki (partner at Pentagram, Designer of the Future award at Design Miami) 
  • Heather Agyepong (winner Jerwood / Photoworks Award 2022, Foam Talent) 
  • Hannah Starkey (seminal exhibition at Hepworth Wakefield; featured in The New York Times

This is a great way to expand your network, gain valuable feedback on your work and hear from sector leaders. You will be able to access to the world’s leading curators, gallerists and artists. Gain career advice, network as well as portfolio reviews. Participate in one of the UK’s most engaged arts events 

The Future Now Symposium will take place at: Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York YO1 7FR. 


Ticket Types

Thursday One Day Pass | £50

  • Attend a full day of in person talks in York
  • Complementary lunch
  • 1 x Portfolio Review included
  • Valid 23 March 2023

Friday One Day Pass | £50

  • Attend a full day of in person talks in York
  • Complementary lunch
  • 1 x Portfolio Review included
  • Valid 24 March 2023

Two Day Pass | £75

  • Attend two full days of in person talks in York
  • Complementary lunch
  • 1 x Portfolio Review included
  • Valid 23-24 March 2023

    Additional Portfolio Review | £25
    (Thursday or Friday)

    • 1-1 sessions suitable for all artists
    • Discuss your portfolio with industry experts
    • Receive essential guidance 
    • First review free w/ one or two day pass
    • Additional in person sessions bookable for £25


    Speakers & Timetable

    For the full list of Speakers, please visit