The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: One Month To Go

There is one month to go until the annual Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries closes. A celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the award offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. Shortlisted artists will participate in a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust and receive editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, amongst other prizes.

In previous years the competition has welcomed a vast array of practitioners hailing from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. With each finalist and longlisted artist comes an inspirational project, which actively examines global concepts through pioneering art and design.

This year former official British war artist John Keane was awarded the Main Prize for his haunting depictions of arrested victims from the great Stalinist terror of the 1930s. His Fear series teases out the essence of a fundamental human emotion; one that is universal and determines behaviour in all walks of life. Keane’s work and selected artists’ work can be found in the 2015 Art Prize anthology, Future Now.

Meanwhile, previous finalists include Julia Vogl, also shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

The Aesthetica Art Prize invites artists to submit work into any one of the following four categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton (£250 for main prize winner; £150 for student prize winner).

Entries are open until 31 August 2015. Register your artwork at

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1. Suzanne Mooney, Come Away, O’… (2013). Installation view. Courtesy of the artist.