In a globalised, increasingly digital landscape, it can be difficult to gain exposure. The Aesthetica Art Prize (AAP) offers both emerging and established practitioners an international platform to showcase their work to wider audiences. Celebrating excellence and innovation in creative disciplines worldwide, the accolade attracts entries from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the USA and the UK. Previous finalists include Emmanuelle Moureaux, known for a series of colourful installations; acclaimed director Toby Dye and founder of the collective [ALLOY], Rachel Ara.
Furthering the artists’ careers, AAP is an opportunity to gain further recognition through a supportive network of talent development. Aesthetica’s Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists comprises selected imagery and statements from each of the shortlisted and longlisted practitioners, providing comprehensive and captivating coverage of each project. The anthology positions these profiles alongside critically engaging essays from leading figures, previously including Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, and Helen Trompeteler, Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery.
The immersive Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, hosted by York Art Gallery, foregrounds those shortlisted, featuring a number of thought-provoking and conceptually engaging works across a range of media. The show also features the opportunity for audience engagement, allowing guests to vote for a favourite contribution. In addition, over 80 longlisted pieces are displayed on monitors within the gallery, providing a unique chance for visitors to navigate the breadth of work produced internationally.
There are two awards to enter: the Emerging Prize, which is open to current students and recent graduates, and the Main Prize, open to all. Entrants can submit to one of four categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance. Prizes include £5000 (Main Prize) and £1000 (Emerging Prize), alongside a place in the exhibition, publication in the anthology and a range of art supplies and books courtesy of Windsor & Newton and Prestel.
Deadline for submissions: 31 August. Find out more: www.aestheticamagazine.com.
1. Image: Judith Jones, Rendezvous, Twilight Series (2015), Photographic & Digital Art Category