Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries: Longlisted Artist, Richard John Seymour

Richard John Seymour is a photographer, filmmaker and designer whose artistic practice explores the ever-expanding urbanisation of our planet. He is primarily concerned with the fundamental principal of habitat, specifically how humans adapt to their environment and in turn, adjust it to suit themselves. His work calls our attention to a world not shaped by natural forces but rather by commerce.

Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016, Seymour’s kaleidoscopic photograph installation China Commodity City depicts the largest wholesale small-commodity market on the planet. Adopting the production methods of an assembly line as a basis for the project, through the relentless repetition of an idea he begins to reveal the character of this vast marketplace. Each of the 300+ photographs that make up the entirety of the project, when presented in such large numbers, start to raise questions about economies of scale, production and people’s place within the process.

Attracting thousands of entries from all over the world across a range of media, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of art from across the globe, and is now open for entries. It 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. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. To submit, visit

1. Richard John Seymour, China Commodity City (2014) Featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016.