Aesthetica Art Prize is Closed for Entries

We are still in the process of collating entries for this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize. This will take a few more weeks. We will be in touch shortly to confirm your entries and will contact you if there are any problems.

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. Recent finalists include acclaimed director Toby Dye; Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle MoureauxRachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY], whose work is being exhibited at the V&A, Barbican Centre and Whitechapel Gallery; 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, member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and twice selected for Public Art Network Year in Review projects; 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.

Submissions will reopen in December 2018.


There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.

Main Art Prize

  • £5,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Cass Art
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Emerging Art Prize

  • £1,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • £150 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Cass Art
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel


  • You may enter up to two works per entry fee, unless you are entering into the Video, Installation & Performance category, in which case you may submit one work per entry fee.
  • If you are submitting a series, this is considered one work. You can attach images of more than one work within the series.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish by purchasing additional Entry Fees.
  • Works previously exhibited and published elsewhere are accepted.
  • Collaborative works are accepted.
  • Works produced within the last three years are preferred, although works made at any time before submission can be entered.
  • There is no size limit, although the size of the work in relation to the exhibition space will be a consideration in the shortlisting process.
  • Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2018.
  • For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Regarding our cancellation and refund policy, please click here.
  • 100 artists are longlisted, out of which a selection of artists are shortlisted. Longlisted artists receive publication in the Future Now Annual. Shortlisted artists receive publication and are invited to take part in a group exhibition. The shortlist is eligible to win either the Main Art Prize or the Emerging Art Prize.
  • If you are shortlisted for the Prize, you will be asked to supply your artwork for the exhibition in York, UK. Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for all transportation (delivery and collection) and insurance costs of artworks.



There are four categories for entry:

Photographic & Digital Art
Including but not limited to: photography, digitally manipulated work, neon work. Image: Yael Portabales, The Lady of the Strainer, 2015

Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture
Including but not limited to: stone, glass, metal and wood work; ceramics, textiles. Image: Jack West, By Chain By Furlong, 2016

Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media
Including but not limited to: painting, illustration, calligraphy, printmaking, collage. Image: Khushna, Society, 2016

Video, Installation & Performance
Including but not limited to: video, installation, performance art. Image: Anthony Garratt, High and Low / Uchel ac Isel, 2016