Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2015 | 26 March – 31 May 2015

Installation view, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015

Julian Day: Requiem

Marcus Lyon: Exodus

Vera Drebusch: Preservation

Owen Waterhouse: Möbius 1.00

John Keane: Fear

Installation view, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015

Suzanne Mooney: Come Away, O'

Installation view, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015

Installation view, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015

Installation view, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015

Hannah Hughes receives the Main Prize for John Keane

Saliha Elhoussaini: Interdependence

Owen Waterhouse: Möbius 1.00

Suzanne Mooney – Student Prize Winner

Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today's ground-breaking contemporary artists, the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition 2015 invited viewers to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design, and encouraged an awareness of the innovative work being produced across a variety of media today.

From contentions of physical and digital space to the political struggles of localised regimes and globalised laws, key contemporary themes were discussed by 2015's dynamic practitioners. Connecting with visitors on many levels, be it visually or conceptually, the innovators selected for this year's award hailed from locations including Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

Celebrating individual mediums whilst recognising the richness of interdisciplinary practice, the 2015 selection was distributed across the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Painting and Drawing; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance.

Longlisted and shortlisted artists have gone on to achieve success around the globe, including Jason deCaires Taylor, creator of the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada and recently the artist behind an environmental installation on the banks of the River Thames. Chilean-born photographer Carolina Redondo has since been selected for In Search of the Miraculous at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and French photographer Noémie Goudal has had solo shows at FOAM in Amsterdam and The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. More details at:

The 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize Winners and Finalists

John Keane - Painting & Drawing (Main Prize Winner)
Suzanne Mooney - Photographic & Digital Art (Student Prize Winner)
Julian Day - Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Finalist)
Marcus Lyon - Photographic & Digital Art (People's Choice Winner)
Matthew Parker - Video, Installation & Performance (Finalist)
Owen Waterhouse - Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture (Finalist)
Saliha Elhoussaini - Painting & Drawing (Finalist)
Vera Drebusch - Video, Installation & Performance (Finalist)

Special Events: Free Lunchtime Talks


John Keane
Thursday 9 April: John Keane, who in 1991 was appointed as official British war artist during the Gulf War, discusses his paintings from the Fear series, which was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition.

Sam Lackey
Thursday 16 April: “What we talk about when we talk about art.” Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, will lead a tour around the exhibition to inspire a discussion on ways of talking and thinking about contemporary art.

Thursday 30 April: Matthew Hawthorn, Head of Art & Design at York St John University, investigates the relationship between the artist, audience and environment in performance art through works created for public and private audiences.

Thursday 14 May: Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection, introduces herself and explains the process of curating a collection in a Q&A with Jenny Alexander, Senior Curator of Art at York Art Gallery.

Thursday 21 May: Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, talks about the language of film, exploring the relationship between art and moving image, experimental film culture and visual communications.

Thursday 28 May: Marcus Lyon, shortlisted artist in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, has works and publications held in both private and international collections. He will discuss his practice, process and wider involvement in the art world.

The 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist