Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy developed and manages the Aspen Online Art Award, the UK’s first student award for online 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.
The award offers a select group of graduate students professional development and the opportunity to showcase their work on the Aspen collection website. One artist is commissioned each year to produce an online artwork and the 2015 Award was won by Virginia Samper and Blanca Ulloa, who have created a work which sees anonymous on-screen dancers take over the Aspen website by moving around it in a non-linear narrative. The launch of the first award was covered by a host of media outlets including the Independent and the New York Times.