Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2016

14 April – 29 May 2016

A platform for innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize welcomed an international community to its 2016 exhibition. To mark its 9th year, the award invited audiences to engage with some of today’s key cultural, social, political, environmental and economic themes through a selection of shortlisted works in the following categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting & Drawing; and Video, Installation & Performance.

From ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology, the 2016 presentation instigated a cohesive commentary on the way we inhabit the earth. Questions of material and personal value align with definitions of virtual and physical realms; depictions of natural landscapes defy tangible realities; and an awareness of time is envisaged in elements of light and sound.

Incorporating the projects of 10 shortlisted artists, with a further 90 pieces displayed on monitors, the 2016 edition was the award’s largest exhibition to date and welcomed practitioners from Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA. Ranging from site-specific installations to new experiments with light and digital technologies, the showcase was an inspiring example of the calibre of works submitted to the Prize.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. Wednesdays to Sundays, 12pm-4pm. Free Admission. More details at:

The 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize Winners

Rachel Ara
Main Prize Winner

David Hochgatterer
Student Prize Winner

The 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist

Adriana Salazar
Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Ellie Davies
Gabriela Torres Ruiz
Henry Driver
James Winter
Jennifer López Ayala
Liz West

Free Lunchtime Talks at York St Mary’s

These talks presented an opportunity for visitors to further their appreciation of contemporary art and enhance their experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize by hearing directly from artists, curators and university lecturers.

The 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist