Now in its 10th year, the Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries and is looking for cutting-edge practitioners working in any medium at any stage in their career. Having helped further the careers of many artists in the past, the Prize is an opportunity for artists to connect with a wider audience.
Prizes include an exhibition for shortlisted artists; further exposure through publication in Aesthetica, the international art and culture magazine, and via Aesthetica’s online channels – reaching a global audience of 311,000. There are two main categories to enter: the Main Prize and the Student Prize for those who are currently studying or have recently graduated. Winners from each category are awarded a significant cash prize of £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner and £1,000 for the Student Prize Winner, courtesy of Hiscox. They also receive art books by Prestel and art supplies vouchers up to £250, courtesy of Winsor & Newton.
Furthering the Art Prize’s impact to a wider selection of outstanding contemporary practitioners, there is also a longlist of 90 artists selected from the entrants. These artists are published alongside the shortlist in an anthology of 100 captivating projects, featuring a collection of critically engaging essays from leading figures in the art world. Previously, these have included Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Chris Littlewood, Director at Flowers Galley and Helen Trompeteler, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Aesthetica Art Prize attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Those that have been selected have gone on to achieve success around the globe. Chilean-born photographer Carolina Redondo has since been selected for In Search of the Miraculous at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, and French photographer Noémie Goudal has had solo shows at FOAM in Amsterdam and The Photographers’ Gallery in London.
Previous finalists include 2016 Main Prize winner Rachel Ara, recipient of the Second Prize Award for Shad Thames Portraits, Anise Gallery; John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
There are four media categories for entry in the Aesthetica Art Prize: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting & Drawing, and Video, Installation & Performance. Entries close 31 August 2016.
To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
1. Phil Illingworth, Portrait of a king in several different positions (2014).