Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2017

VOID, Bruit Blanc, 2015

Anthony Garratt, High and Low / Uchel ac Isel, 2016

Jasmina Cibic, Tear Down and Rebuild, 2015

Samuel Weniger, I kissed your kiss on your girlfriend´s cheek, it was still wet, 2016

Michelee Scott, Desolation, 2015

Peter Gibbons, The Citadel, 2016

Jason Taylor, The Rising Tide, 2015

Khushna Sulaman-Butt, Society, 2016

Tadao Cern, Black Balloons, 2016

Various Artists, Agua con Gaz, 2016

Julio Bittencourt, Subway Doors, 2016

Jerzy Goliszewski, Golem, 2015

Ouchhh Studio, AVA_Particle Physics_360 Outer Geodesic Dome Installation, 2015

The Institute for New Feeling, This is Presence, 2015

Miranda Pennell, The Host, 2015

Jack Davis, Nature Nurture, 2016

Jeremy Underwood, Human Debris, 2014

Alexandra Carr, Black Matter, 2016

Emily Joy, Remembering Pluto, 2016

Judith Jones, Rendezvous, 2016

HOAX, Stuck, 2016

Shuster + Moseley, Harmonic Lens, 2015

26 May - 10 September
York Art Gallery

A platform for innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition invites audiences to engage with captivating projects from some of today’s leading artists, both established and emerging. From individual narratives to global concerns, the artworks comment on contemporary culture and explore themes such as globalisation, perceptions of space and alienation in the digital age.

As the boundaries between the public and the private begin to merge into blurred depictions of reality, contemporary art is the mechanism that enables us to respond to a renewed understanding of living. The 2017 presentation features the work of 16 shortlisted artists who hail from diverse locations including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the USA and the UK.

Utilising a range of media, they work within the categories of Photographic & Digital Art; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture. and Video, Installation & Performance. Images of 84 longlisted pieces will be shown on monitors within the gallery – offering a unique chance for visitors to explore the breadth and diversity of work being produced across the world today.

The accompanying publication Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists, which features the artists’ statements, images of their works and essays from leading art figures, is on sale at the exhibition. A series of Lunchtime Talks will take place at the gallery throughout the exhibition, offering a chance for visitors to enhance their experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize and hear directly from artists, curators and academics.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, 26 May – 10 September (Daily 10am - 5pm), York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW. For admission details, visit

The 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist

Adam Basanta
Adam Niklewicz
Alinka Echeverría
Dylan Martinez
Emmanuelle Moureaux
Jasmina Cibic
Judith Jones
Julio Bittencourt
Lesley Hilling
Maryam Tafakory
Sara Morawetz
Stephen Johnston
Toby Dye

See the 100 Shortlisted and Longlisted Artists .

Lunchtime Talks at York Art Gallery

Further your appreciation of contemporary art and enhance your experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize by joining us at the following talks. Led by artists, curators and academics they offer an insight into current themes in the art world.
Talks start at 12:30. Standard York Art Gallery admission charges apply. For details, see