Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.
The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. 2016’s finalists include Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY]; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London.
Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
The 11th award is now open for entries, offering two separate accolades: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The latter is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years, whilst the former is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.
Both categories promise prize money from Hiscox (either £1,000 or £5,000), editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize anthology, supplies from Windsor & Newton, books from Prestel and inclusion in the prestigious exhibition, location to be confirmed.
Entries are open until 31 August. One entry fee permits the submission of one work in any given category, and you may enter as many times are you wish by purchasing additional Entry Fees. Works previously exhibited elsewhere are accepted.
The longlist will be announced in December and the shortlist in January 2018; the exhibition will take place in Spring 2018.
1. James Winter, Usurp (Spatial Light Constructs 003), 2016. Courtesy Jim Poyner.