THE ESAF AWARDS FRAMEWORK WAS DEVELOPED TO RECOGNISE THE CREATIVES THAT BEST REFLECT THE VISION OF OUR FESTIVAL – “CONNECT, COMMUNITY, PLATFORM”. IT NOT ONLY CONSIDERS PRACTICE AND CONCEPT BUT ALSO HOW OUR CREATIVES INCORPORATE AN APPRECIATION OF WHAT THE ROLES OF ART AND THE ARTIST MEAN IN THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS IN THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY. OUR AWARDS THEREFORE RECOGNISE THOSE WHO HAVE to UPHOLD THIS AWARENESS PRIOR TO AND BEYOND OUR FESTIVAL, HELPING TO SHAPE CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF ART PRACTICE AND CELEBRATING WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.

BEST VISUAL ARTIST 2016

This year’s BEST VISUAL ARTIST AWARD was supported by EDINBURGH MUSEUMS & GALLERIES. The winner was CLAIRE PEARCE with her animation ‘BOOM BANG BOOM’. Our panel enjoyed the way that this piece conceptualized homogeny and commodity in their contemporary manifestations. It invokes thoughts about community, politics, and the way collectivized peoples exist in relation to each other. The interaction of the choreography and Claire’s taxidermic practice resulted in something innovated, original and enticing. The varying discourses within the piece are autonomous and self-sufficient, yet transcend to comment on wider social, cultural and political discourses.