5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s selection of photography and design shows open 8-9 September transports viewers across the globe and into interior landscapes.

David Birkin: Reassessing Value

David Birkin – winner of the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize – creates powerful artworks which reflect on the way war is depicted in society. 

Eclectic Architecture

Inspired by journeys through Mexico, Adam Wiseman’s Free Architecture captures the striking buildings that define the landscape.

Design Journeys

Combining nostalgia with a sense of minimalism, a new, playful project by Sella Concept adheres to an interest in usability and movement.

Universal Sentiments

London Design Biennale 2018 opens at Somerset House, London, offering international interpretations of the theme Emotional States.

Visionary Responses

The 2018 edition of Unseen Amsterdam – a leading event for the discovery of new photographic talent – announces its responsive programme.

Sublime Narratives

Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Gabriela Torres Ruiz uses photography to preserve an experience of silence, reflecting on the passage of time.

A Dynamic Platform

Looking to the future, Sydney Contemporary celebrates cutting edge emerging talent from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Documenting Modernism

An exhibition celebrates the bold architectural landmarks of the 20th century through images by influential photographer Ezra Stoller.

Last Day to Enter: The Aesthetica Art Prize

Today is the last day to submit to the Aesthetica Art Prize, an international award celebrating excellence and innovation in art around the world.

5 to See: This Weekend

Moving into September, must-see shows use documentary photographs, fashion imagery and new technologies to depict the urban landscape.

UNESCO Creative UK Cities

UNESCO’s Creative Cities network comprises destinations which celebrate innovation. Aesthetica offers insight into these locations.

Unexpected Compositions

Photography at Berlin Art Week questions life in a performance-orientated society through playful, surprising angles and uncanny postures.

Uncanny Portraits

 Katerina Belkina blends photography and painting to craft surreal compositions that combine muted tones and otherworldly elements.

Henry Driver: Immersive Responses

Innovative work by Henry Driver – shortlisted for the 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize – explores the speed at which technology is shaping daily life.

Video Profile: Changyeon Lee

New York-based Changyeon Lee’s practice specialises in kinetic sculpture through the use of mechanical components and natural objects.

A Global Showcase

START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery highlights emerging artists, young galleries and art scenes across the globe, offering varied perspectives.

Unseen Connections

Laurent Grasso’s work explores sacred spaces, mythologies and scientific theories through video, sculpture, painting and installation.

Relative Dimensions

Living and working in San Francisco, Colin Pollard’s pop-coloured projects revel in pastel compositions and deceptive block landscapes.

Video profile: Denholm Berry

Milan-based British artist Denholm Berry approaches portraiture with an innovative and unconventional methodology.

5 to See: This Weekend

Recommended shows running 25-26 August look to contemporary visual culture, investigating the impacts of censorship and media saturation.

AAP: Reinventing the Landscape

With just one week left of our call for entries, we select five artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize who draw on the natural world for inspiration.

Global Voices

The 2018 Liverpool Biennial is a lamentation over what is lost: cultures and identities. Beautiful World Where Are You? works towards an inclusive future.

Painterly Optimism

Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s signature style revels in spontaneity and the joyful everyday, capturing bright scenes of leisure and idealism.

Prizes for Emerging Artists

Aesthetica selects five awards which foster emerging talent, offering wider platforms for the next generation of creative visionaries.

Adaptable Cities

Experimental design practice Studio INI unveil a kinetic installation at London Design Biennale, responding to the theme of Emotional States.

A Contemporary Retelling

The stories of 1960s and 1970s America are examined in Matt Henry’s photography, which is highlighted in a new show at Polka Galerie, Paris.

Top 10 Cultural Cities

Aesthetica selects ten destinations across the world which offer visually and conceptually arresting architecture, galleries and museums.

Resonant Architecture

Daniel Libeskind is known for a series of striking, resonant and sustainable buildings and design projects, combining intersecting angular forms.

Critical Reflections

Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Alinka Echeverria combines a background in anthropology with a critical, responsive approach to image-making.

Illusory Compositions

A collection of work by Noémie Goudal comprises constructed images that reinvent built and natural environments through surreal visuals.

Natural Optimism

Maia Flore’s bright compositions combine feelings of joy and freedom with surreal themes, often evoking the very essence of summer.

The Aesthetica Art Prize: Judges Announced

We are delighted to announce the judging panel for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019, comprising influential art figures across a range of media.

Unfolding Possibilities

Drenched in theatrical suspense, Julia Fullerton-Batten’s images mix fine art with cinematic imagery to create multilayered narratives.

Still Life Revisited

Over the past seven years, Dan Matthews has developed a uniquely graphic and cropped aesthetic that conjures a sense of the surreal.

Conservationist Installation

Christo’s new public commission, The London Mastaba, is a puzzling monument which makes a jarring statement in the heart of Hyde Park.

Artists to Watch

Calling upon innovative practices, get inspired by winners from the past five years of the Aesthetica Art Prize. Entries open until 30 August.

Innovative Portraits from AAP

Portraiture is a time-honoured genre. We select five artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize who redefine the style for the 21st century.

5 to See: This Weekend

Shows open 18-19 August navigate private and public worlds, demonstrating the  power of photography to communicate personal messages.

Concealed Narratives

A new series by Todd Hido looks to the darkness of Northern Europe for inspiration, drawing audiences into unfamiliar yet curious worlds.

Tess Jaray RA: Geometry in Nature

British painter and printmaker Tess Jaray RA is one of the inspiring female artists exhibiting in the ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2018.

Transitory Moments

PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai returns for 2018, showcasing contemporary and classic photography from Asia and around the world.

Embracing Possibility

A new cultural hub brings the latest developments in Japanese art and design to the heart of London; Japan House launches with work from Sou Fujimoto.

Distinctive Perspectives

On Common Ground at Goodman Gallery positions work by two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers side-by-side. 

Rachel Ara: Reactive Systems

With two weeks to go until our call for entries closes, we reflect on the responsive works of 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize winner Rachel Ara.

Human Experience

Two exhibitions celebrate the versatile and deeply affecting oeuvre of Roman Vishniac, who captured a changing social landscape.

Photographic Innovation

The escalation of the creation, interaction and circulation of images is highlighted by Foam Talent at The Frankfurt Art Association.

Navigating the City

My Nights are brighter than your Days by Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny records the metropolis and surrounding suburban landscapes after dark.

Constructing Realities

In 2014, Stefanie Moshammer embarked on a three-month assignment in Las Vegas. Whilst there, a strange encounter inspired a deluge of images.

Powerful Voices

A new exhibition at Hayward Gallery, entitled DRAG​: Self-portraits and Body Politics, explores notions of identity, gender, class, politics and race.