Cultural Anthropology

Reconsidering humanity’s place within a complex, media-saturated and accelerating world through the presence of contemporary image-making.

Shifting Perceptions

Olafur Eliasson connects art, architecture, installation and design,  dismantling the presence of physical and cultural barriers in the process.

Playful Messages

Sing-Sing is an award-winning duo that work together on everything from design to film, creating projects for the likes of Lyft and Sagmeister & Walsh.

Spatial Landmarks

Kris Provoost is a Belgian-born photographer, currently designing and documenting buildings in order to better understand the world.

Networks of the World

Contemporary Chinese artists demonstrate a consideration of censorship in the wider industry, offering figurative and metaphorical messages.

Minimal Construction

Louis MacLean has a keen eye for detail, taking away the formal function of landscapes and reinjecting dynamism through a considered perspective.


Enhancing Reality

After delving into commercial photography, Matthew Dempsey looked towards creating original work with draws a line between artifice and fine art.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s must-see shows for mid-October investigate the politics of image-making through documentary, post-production and installation.

Democratic Exhibition

Looking towards the future of creative practice, Affordable Art Fair Battersea showcases contemporary work by new, international artists.

5 Female Artists To Watch

Looking to the 21st century experience for inspiration, a selection of visionaries occupies the changing boundaries between truth and fiction.

Collective Experience

Society has never been so connected. A new publication and exhibition, Civilization, responds to the rapid pace of global development.

A Scientific Influence

Luke Evans discovered photography through a long-term interest in physics and organic sciences – which has later fed into deeply calculative images.

Surreal Environments

Tom Blachford’s Midnight Modern transforms California’s iconic mid-century Modernist architecture into surreal playgrounds.

Responsive Projects

The four buildings shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize 2018 combine visionary design with an educational and ecological focus.

5 to See: This Weekend

International awards, photography festivals and solo shows looks to national and personal identities through photography and architecture.

Global Connections

Gail Albert Halaban’s Out My Window comprises carefully staged images, blurring the lines between public and private, reality and fantasy.

Desolate Environments

Henri Prestes is a Portuguese cinematographer and photographer based in southern Europe. The Perfect Darkness series was shot in isolated villages.

5 Museum Buildings

Striking, innovative and conceptually rich, this selection of cultural institutions combines form and function to offer dynamic settings.

Interior Narratives

A new series by Marietta Varga engages with feelings of absence and nostalgia, looking to vacant interior spaces for inspiration.

5 to See: This Weekend

Moving into October, selected shows expand the boundaries of art and photography to address wider social, political and psychological questions.

Nostalgic Landscapes

Vignettes of a Salesman by Ole Marius Jørgensen tracks the fictional journey of a lone wanderer across mysterious topographies.

5 to Read: This Month

October’s selection of must-read publications looks to the history of photography, architecture and design, celebrating a range of movements.

10 to See: October 2018

From seminal architecture to experimental photography, exhibitions open this autumn explore the breadth of human experience.

Ecological Relationships

A collaborative project between photographer Jeroen Toirkens and journalist  Brandt Corstius reminds us of our place within the wider world.

Dreamlike Impressions

Jimmy Marble’s latest series experiments with fashion photography in the studio setting, blending bold colours with a dreamy aesthetic.

Issue 85 Available Now

Curiosity is the fuel for innovation and creativity is the ignition for invention. The October / November issue, Making An Impact, is a celebration of ideas.

5 to See: This Weekend

Shows opening at the end of September examine the nature of photography in an increasingly digital landscape, looking to ideas of authenticity.

5 Female Fashion Designers

This selection of female-led fashion brands paves the way for the future of an ever-growing industry, responding to key 21st century issues.

Curatorial Insights

Now in its 10th year, The Manchester Contemporary takes a uniquely artist-focused approach. Aesthetica interviews Nathaniel Pitt, Curator.

Atmospheric Intent

Much of Christopher Soukup’s work is centred around creating a specific mood – one which depicts a scene somewhere between calm and tension.

RIBA Awards: Sustainable Buildings

Aesthetica’s selection of  five 2018 RIBA Award-winners and nominees demonstrates sustainable construction and innovative renovation.

5 to See: This Weekend

Must-see shows running 22-23 September unite innovative design, pioneering photography and contemporary practice from across the world.

PHOTOFAIRS: Global Dialogues

PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2018 highlights boundary-pushing galleries and artists whilst offering timely dialogues about truth and fiction.

Insightful Portraiture

Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Vikram Kushwah is selected as a winner for Portrait of Britain 2018, an award celebrating diversity in the UK.

The Developing Metropolis

Chicago Architecture and Design gives a historical account of one of America’s most interesting cities through an architectural lens.

Seasonal Documentation

Tyler Haughey’s images examine the north eastern coastal towns, looking at the ways in which we use, interactive with and remember summer locations.

5 Artist Residencies

A selection of artist-in-residence programmes offers emerging visionaries distinctive platforms for the conception and sharing of ideas.

5 to See: This Weekend

Shows running 15-16 September are tied to a distinct sense of place, capturing life in diverse locations such as Mali, London, Italy and Belgium.

Surreal Topographies

Images by Thomas Wrede traverse the lines between simulation and reality by manufacturing the colossal through the miniature.

The Ideological Structure

Architects’ Houses foregrounds 30 of the design world’s most prominent figures, including Norman Foster, Todd Williams and Billie Tsien.

5 to See: The Aesthetica Art Prize

How has the digital revolution impacted daily life? The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition, currently on display at York Art Gallery, explores this.

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s selection of photography and design shows open 8-9 September transports viewers across the globe and into interior landscapes.

David Birkin: Reassessing Value

David Birkin – winner of the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize – creates powerful artworks which reflect on the way war is depicted in society. 

Eclectic Architecture

Inspired by journeys through Mexico, Adam Wiseman’s Free Architecture captures the striking buildings that define the landscape.

Design Journeys

Combining nostalgia with a sense of minimalism, a new, playful project by Sella Concept adheres to an interest in usability and movement.

Visionary Responses

The 2018 edition of Unseen Amsterdam – a leading event for the discovery of new photographic talent – announces its responsive programme.

A Dynamic Platform

Looking to the future, Sydney Contemporary celebrates cutting edge emerging talent from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Last Day to Enter: The Aesthetica Art Prize

Today is the last day to submit to the Aesthetica Art Prize, an international award celebrating excellence and innovation in art around the world.

5 to See: This Weekend

Moving into September, must-see shows use documentary photographs, fashion imagery and new technologies to depict the urban landscape.

UNESCO Creative UK Cities

UNESCO’s Creative Cities network comprises destinations which celebrate innovation. Aesthetica offers insight into these locations.

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