How much is it to enter?

It is £20 (pounds sterling) for one entry. If you are based in the EU, you will have to pay VAT on top of this, which is £4. If you based outside the EU, entrants do not have to pay VAT. One entry fee allows you to submit two pieces, with the exception of the Video, Installation & Performance category, for which you can submit one work per entry. If you would like to submit more than two pieces, you can purchase additional entries, for example if you would like to enter four pieces, you would require two entries and pay £40, if you wanted to enter six pieces, then you would require three entries and pay £60, etc.

How can I pay my entry fee?

You can pay online using Paypal or your credit/debit card. To pay online please select the category that you would like to enter and our online shop will guide you through the payment process.
Alternatively you can pay over the phone. Please call +44 (0) 1904 629 137.
You can also pay by cheque. Please note cheques must be payable to pounds sterling, we cannot accept cheques in any other currencies. Please make cheques payable to ‘Aesthetica Magazine Ltd’ and post to:
Aesthetica Art Prize
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
YO23 1WL
Write “Aesthetica Art Prize” on the back of your cheque and enclose your name and your contact telephone number or email address. We will then confirm receipt of your cheque and give you an Order Reference number for you to then send your submissions through.

What is an Order Reference number?

An Order Reference Number confirms that you have made your entry payment. You must enter it as part of your online submission in order to qualify you for entry to the competition. If you have paid online, your Order Reference number will be automatically emailed to you from the ‘Aesthetica Shop’ once you have completed your online payment. This reference will start with “RC” and please ensure you include this when sending your submissions. To see an example of the confirmation email click here. If you paid through another method you will be contacted with your Order Reference Number.

I haven’t received my Order Reference number, what should I do?

Your Order Reference number will be automatically sent to you in your confirmation email after your payment has been authorised by your bank / Paypal account. This process is usually authorised instantly, however on some occasions, there can be delays. Please initially try searching your email account for an email from – if your confirmation email hasn’t arrived within 48 hours, please email us at: and we will investigate further.

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What is the time-scale?

January: Open for Entries
31 August : Closed for Entries
September  – December : Judging
End of December: Long-list Announced
End of January: Short-list Announced
End of January: Exhibition Dates Announced
Spring: Exhibition Opens
Winners announced at exhibition Opening Night

Is there a maximum size limit?

The Art Prize can accept large pieces of artwork, depending on the available space within the gallery for the exhibition in Spring 2016.

Is there a theme to the Art Prize?

No, there is no theme to the Aesthetica Art Prize. It is an open call for entries and you are welcome to submit work on any subject.

Who can enter the Art Prize?

Anyone can enter the Aesthetica Art Prize. This is an international competition and there is no age limit; we welcome work from entrants of all ages and nationalities. We encourage current students and recent graduates to submit to the Student Prize.

Do I retain the rights to my work?

Yes, all entrants retain the copyright to all work submitted.

Can I get feedback on my work?

Due to the number of entries received, the judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.

I am no longer, or soon to be no longer, a student. Which prize should I enter?

You may enter the prize that you feel is the most relevant to you. If you have been a full or part time student at any time during September 2012 to August 2015 then you are welcome to enter the Student Prize. However, if you would rather enter the Main Prize, then you are also free to do so.

Intellectual Property

Artists that enter their work into the Aesthetica Art Prize confirm that they hold all intellectual property rights. By entering the Aesthetica Art Prize artists also agree to their works being used in any publicity materials – print or online. Artists will be credited in full.

Do I need music/sound rights for my submission?

Yes. You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in your entry. You maybe required to produce documentation at anytime. Find out more at: BBC Film NetworkThe American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers

My entry contains film/movie clips from other sources. Do I need to acquire copyright, even for non-commercial use?

Yes, you are still responsible for the clearance to use all external material. You maybe required to produce documentation at anytime.

How will the Aesthetica Art Prize be judged?

The panel will select artworks based on a set of selection criteria. 100 artists will be longlisted, out of which eight will be shortlisted. Shortlisted artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition. There will be two winners, one from the Main Prize and one from the Student Prize, and these will be announced on the opening night of the exhibition.

What will the editorial in Aesthetica consist of for the winners?

The April/May issue of Aesthetica will include a feature on the Art Prize in which all winners will receive a mention.

What is the accompanying publication winners and finalists will be included in?

The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology is a dynamic guide to international contemporary art, and includes longlisted artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize. The book also features a collection of critical essays by influential art figures including curators and artists. The Anthology will be published in spring to accompany the exhibition and is distributed in UK galleries and online. The 2014 Anthology is available to order on the Aesthetica Online Shop.

When will the finalists be announced?

The longlist will be announced in December 2015. The shortlist of finalists will be announced in January 2016.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the opening of the group exhibition in York in spring 2016.

How do I submit my work to you?

In the first instance, all artists are required to submit their works as images/video as part of the online application process – these should be attached as JPG, PNG or PDF (maximum file size 10MB in total). If you are a shortlisted artist, you will then be notified and we will require your works to be shipped for the exhibition. Please do not send your physical artwork to us unless you are notified that you are shortlisted.
Next, there are three steps to submitting your work.
Step One: Pay the entry fee for your application.
Step Two: Upon receipt of payment, a unique Order Reference number will be automatically emailed to you.
Step Three: Complete the Online Entry Form on this page: Online Entry Form
You will be taken to a confirmation page on submission of your form. We will receive your submitted information and images immediately.

I have sent my work but have not yet heard back from you, have you received it?

We process entries periodically, and so you will be notified as soon as yours has been processed. We will contact you if there is a problem with your submission or if we do not receive your submission after receiving your registration. If we do not receive your submission before the closing date, please do not worry, we will contact you to let you know and you will have the opportunity to submit your work after the closing date.

What happens if I am selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize?

If you are shortlisted or longlisted for the Prize you will be asked to supply a high resolution image of your artwork for inclusion in the accompanying publication.
If you are shortlisted for the Prize (eight places available) 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. If you wish to attend the exhibition please note that all travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the artist.
Once artworks are on display they will be invigilated and exhibited in a secure location.
Artists will be asked to ship their artwork or deliver to York in early 2016.

Can I enter more than one category?

The £20 entry fee only permits entry of two works into one category. The Video, Installation & Performance category is an exception: you may submit one work in this category. If you wish to submit to two different categories you are welcome to pay for another entry, which will then allow you to submit two more works into another category.

Can I enter more than two pieces of work?

Each £20 fee allows the submission of two pieces of work (with the exception of the Video, Installation & Performance category, which is limited to one work per entry). You can pay the entry fee as many times as you wish and enter two pieces for each entry; so for £20 you can enter two works, for £40, four, for £60, six and so on.

How do I submit a performance piece?

If you are entering work in the Video, Installation and Performance category, you may link to an online video of your work (on Vimeo, for example) instead of uploading images. You may submit either video or still image documentation in this category, depending on which method you feel best represents your work.

What is a low-res image?

Low-res is short for Low Resolution and is the standard size for images on the internet. A low-res image has a resolution of around 72 dpi (dots per inch). We ask for your submission to be low-res for the judging process because they can be emailed to us easily. If your work is selected for publication in the annual, we will contact you for a larger high-res version of your image. If you are having difficulties resizing your images, please do not worry, send us the images that you have and one of our designers will change it for you, and will contact you if they require anything else.

Can I submit work that has been previously published elsewhere?

Entries can be sent that have been previously published elsewhere, but please include information on previous publications with your submissions. This will not affect the judging process. In the event that you are successful, it is good-practice for competitions and magazines to credit previously published works.

Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

No alterations can be made to submissions once they have been received.