Jury: Susanna Brown, V&A

A diverse and dynamic panel of experts consider the shortlisted entries in the Aesthetica Art Prize. The award, which celebrates excellence in art from across the world, annually selects a total of 100 artists for publication in Future Now: the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology. 16 of these practitioners are exhibiting in the Art Prize Exhibition now on view at York Art Gallery until 10 September. We reflect on the inspiring members that made up the 2017 Jury. This year we were proud to invite Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs at the V&A, London, to be part of our Judging Panel.

Susanna has been Curator of Photographs at the V&A since 2008. She studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art and formerly worked at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Her recent V&A exhibitions include Horst: Photographer of Style, Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography and Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton. She works as part of a team caring for the UK’s national collection of the art of photography, making the V&A collection accessible on a physical and intellectual level and researching and curating thematic displays. Susanna has written numerous publications on aspects of fashion and portrait photography.

The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Today it hosts a wealth of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Running until February 2018 is an extensive show that examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by “the master” of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.


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Entries are open for the Aesthetica Art Prize until 31 August.

1.Michelee Scott, Desolation, 2015.  Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 Longlist.