Curatorial Insights

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

Spatial Experimentation

Questioning notions of perception, Space Shifters at Hayward Gallery, London, offers a playful and immersive experience through 20 practitioners.

Expanding Definitions

An exhibition explores Israel’s cultural history through clothing, offering dialogues about tradition and modernity across 200 years of work.

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.

Unexpected Compositions

Photography at Berlin Art Week questions life in a performance-orientated society through playful, surprising angles and uncanny postures.

Henry Driver: Immersive Responses

Innovative work by Henry Driver – shortlisted for the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize – explores the speed at which technology is shaping daily life.

A Global Showcase

START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery highlights emerging artists, young galleries and art scenes across the globe, offering varied perspectives.

Relative Dimensions

Living and working in San Francisco, Colin Pollard’s pop-coloured projects revel in pastel compositions and deceptive block landscapes.

5 to See: This Weekend

Recommended shows running 25-26 August look to contemporary visual culture, investigating the impacts of censorship and media saturation.

Prizes for Emerging Artists

Aesthetica selects five awards which foster emerging talent, offering wider platforms for the next generation of creative visionaries.

A Contemporary Retelling

The stories of 1960s and 1970s America are examined in Matt Henry’s photography, which is highlighted in a new show at Polka Galerie, Paris.

Top 10 Cultural Cities

Aesthetica selects ten destinations across the world which offer visually and conceptually arresting architecture, galleries and museums.

The Aesthetica Art Prize: Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, comprising influential art figures across a range of media.

Still Life Revisited

Over the past seven years, Dan Matthews has developed a uniquely graphic and cropped aesthetic that conjures a sense of the surreal.

Conservationist Installation

Christo’s new public commission, The London Mastaba, is a puzzling monument which makes a jarring statement in the heart of Hyde Park.

Artists to Watch

Calling upon innovative practices, get inspired by winners from the past five years of the Aesthetica Art Prize. Entries open until 30 August.

Innovative Portraits from AAP

Portraiture is a time-honoured genre. We select five artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize who redefine the style for the 21st century.

5 to See: This Weekend

Shows open 18-19 August navigate private and public worlds, demonstrating the  power of photography to communicate personal messages.

Concealed Narratives

A new series by Todd Hido looks to the darkness of Northern Europe for inspiration, drawing audiences into unfamiliar yet curious worlds.

Embracing Possibility

A new cultural hub brings the latest developments in Japanese art and design to the heart of London; Japan House launches with work from Sou Fujimoto.

Rachel Ara: Reactive Systems

With two weeks to go until our call for entries closes, we reflect on the responsive works of 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize winner Rachel Ara.

Constructing Realities

In 2014, Stefanie Moshammer embarked on a three-month assignment in Las Vegas. Whilst there, a strange encounter inspired a deluge of images.

Photography Fairs to Attend in 2018

Aesthetica collates five of 2018’s must-see photography events, each providing a platform for the next generation of talent.

Undiscoverable Worlds

Reuben Wu is a photographer, filmmaker and music producer whose visual work is driven by the urge to explore new places as if they were unknown.

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