Aesthetica Art Prize – Final Call for Entries

There’s still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, which is open for entries until 31 August. The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in contemporary art from across the world, and submissions are welcome from artists at all stages of their career working in any medium.

Founded in 2008 by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize has established itself as a major arts award and is recognised internationally. Each year it attracts thousands of entries from influential mid-career artists and rising talent set to shape the aesthetics of tomorrow.

Previous finalists and longlisted artists include Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Inés Molina Navea whose 521 días is now owned by Hiscox as part of its major international art collection; Jonny Briggs also selected for Foam Talent Call 2014; Karl Singporewala chosen for the HIX Award 2014 hosted by the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London, designed by Damien Hirst and judged by Tracey Emin; and Hollie Mackenzie, who has also been awarded a 2014 Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Award.

A partnership between Aesthetica and Hiscox has significantly increased the cash prizes to £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner and £1,000 for the Student Prize Winner, enabling artists to further their involvement in the international art world.

Other career-boosting prizes include a group exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space in spring 2015; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (168,000 readership worldwide); publication in an anthology of 100 top emerging artists; £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton; and a selection of inspirational art books by Prestel.

The eighth edition of the Art Prize presents an impressive panel of judges, including artist Anna Vogel; Cherie Federico, Co-founder and Managing Director of Aesthetica Magazine; Matthew Flowers, Managing Director of Flowers Gallery; Professor Rob Dickins, CBE; Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Sarah Perks, Artistic Director, (Visual Art & Film), Cornerhouse & HOME (Manchester); and Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator of the Hiscox Collection.

Director Cherie Federico says “we are delighted to host the Aesthetica Art Prize to support and nurture artists from across the world, advancing their profile on the international art scene through exhibition, publication and editorial coverage. We welcome entries from all age ranges and experience levels, from upcoming talents to established practitioners. The new cash prizes courtesy of Hiscox will enhance the artists’ continued development and their progression in the art world.”

Aesthetica Art Prize partners and sponsors include: York Museums Trust, Hiscox, York St John University, The Hepworth Wakefield, Prestel, Winsor & Newton, Cornerhouse, HOME, Flowers and Anna Vogel.

The call for entries is open until 31 August. Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting & Drawing, and Video, Installation & Performance. For more information and to submit visit

1. Benjamin Storch, Through The Centre, longlisted artist in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014.

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