The Aesthetica Art Prize is back for its 10th instalment. Throughout the month of August, we highlight international artists from the award’s prestigious longlist and shortlist. With 28 days to go to submit your artwork to this year’s competition, we take a look at past winners and finalists, focusing on their practices and ensuing successes since their exposure in the Prize.
The 2016 winner, Rachel Ara, has already begun working on three major projects and set up an artist collective called [ALLOY] with four other material based artists from the RCA and Glasgow School of Art. Fellow finalist Liz West has recently received the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, been shortlisted for Light Art Project of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards, London, and gained commissions from Innovision for Team GB and HM Government; Natural History Museum; and Take a Part and Stonehouse Action.
Also from 2016, Jennifer López Ayala has gone on to show her ‘Spatial Painting’ installations, comprised of up to 100,000 eggshells, in locations across Germany, and People’s Choice winner, Ellie Davies, continues to push her practice through an exhibition of new and recent works entitled Into the Woods at Crane Kalman in London.
From previous years, British painter and Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 winner John Keane has enjoyed a wealth of shows through representation from Flowers Gallery, London, and photographer Marcus Lyons has created two new works for the Rambert series (longlisted in 2016) in partnership with the contemporary dance company, and is currently publishing a major new project in Brazil as both a book and exhibition. Alongside these successes, four images from Lyons’ Exodus series (shortlisted in 2015) have now been acquired by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Our longlisted artists have also gone on to achieve success around the globe. Creator of the first underwater sculpture park, Jason deCaires Taylor has continued to pursue his interests in environmental art with an installation on the banks of the River Thames and a new, submerged sculpture park, Museo Atlantico, off the coast of Lanzarote. 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.
We’re open for entries until 31 August and welcome submissions in a variety of disciplines: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting & Drawing; and Video, Installation & Performance. Prizes include £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner and £1,000 for the Student Prize Winner courtesy of Hiscox; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine; and a group exhibition.
To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.
1. Ellie Davies, Stars 1, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.