Frequently Asked Questions

If you experience problems with the online entry process, including payments, or if you have any questions about entering the Aesthetica Art Prize that can not be answered by reading the Guidelines or by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact the team.


Submission Process

How do I enter?

Please purchase an entry fee from our online shop. A link to the entry form will be sent to you in your payment receipt. Please complete this form by the deadline.

If you are a shortlisted artist, you will then be notified and we will require your works to be shipped for the exhibition. Please do not send your physical artwork to us unless we ask you to do so. 

Can I enter more than once?

Yes, you may enter as many times as you wish, providing you purchase an entry fee for each submission. Each entry fee allows you to submit two works.

Can I alter my entry once submitted?

You will be able to login and make any amendments yourself before the judging process begins. Due to the high volume of entries, judging will begin before the deadline of 31 August. It is at the judges' discretion whether they re-review any updated work after the judging process.

Are there any size limitations?

The Aesthetica Art Prize can accept large pieces of artwork. There are no restrictions, however, if you are selected for exhibition, your work may need to adapt to fit the available space within the gallery.

Is there a theme?

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an open call for entries with no limitations on theme. You are welcome to submit work on any subject.

Who can enter the Art Prize?

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open to all artists working at any level from all over the World. There are no limitations on age, but we encourage current students and recent graduates to submit to the Emerging Art Prize. 

Which prize should I enter?

The Main Prize and Emerging Prize are open to all practitioners. You may enter the prize that you feel is the most relevant to you. If you have been a full or part-time student at anytime during the last 3 years, we would encourage you to select the Emerging Prize. However, if you would rather enter the Main Prize, then you are free to do so.

Will I retain Artwork / Intellectual rights?

Artwork Rights - You will retain the copyright to all work submitted to the Art Prize.

Intellectual Rights -
Artists that enter their work into the Aesthetica Art Prize confirm that they hold all intellectual property rights. You agree to your works being used in any publicity materials - print or online. Artists will be credited where works are used.

I have submitted but not yet heard back. Have you received my entry?

One you have submitted your entry form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. If you have not received confirmation, please check your email junk folder. If you haven't heard back within 48 hours, please  contact us at 

Judging Process

How will the Art Prize be judged?

Our curatorial team will review all entries, before choosing a Longlist and a Shortlist based on a set of selection criteria. Artists on the Shortlist will be invited to participate in the Art Prize Exhibition and these artists will be eligible for the Prizes.

Two winners will be chosen by the Jury, one from the Main Prize and one from the Emerging Prize. Announcements will be made at the Private View of the exhibition.

What is the judging criteria?

Based on the artworks submitted for competition, works will be judged based on the following elements of artistic expression:

  • Originality and innovation of the depicted theme
  • Composition and overall design
  • Interpretation and the clarity of the theme
  • Technical skill and presentation


When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at the Private View of the Art Prize Exhibition in York, in Spring 2025.

What happens if I'm selected for the exhibition?

If you are selected for the exhibition, you will be asked to:

  • Provide further information about your artwork.
  • Arrange shipping/delivery of your artwork to the exhibition in York, UK.

Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for all transportation (delivery, collection and shipping insurance)  costs of artworks.

If you wish to attend the exhibition, please note that all travel and accommodation costs will not be covered by Aesthetica.  Once artworks are on display, they will be invigilated and exhibited in a secure location.

What will the editorial in Aesthetica consist of?

The editorial in Aesthetica will include a feature about the exhibition in Aesthetica Magazine, plus you will be include on the Art Prize  pages on the website in which the longlist, shortlist and winners will receive a mention and description of their selected work.

It says winners announced, but I've only just entered?

As the Art Prize process runs in annual cycles, we will be announcing the results for the current competition whilst the next edition is open for entries.

Can I receive feedback for my entry?

Due to the number of entries received, the judges are unable to offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.


Can I sell my artwork before / during the exhibition?

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a non-selling exhibition. You may sell your work before or during the exhibition, as long as the work is still available to be exhibited for the duration of the event.

What happens if your artwork breaks during the exhibition?

The exhibition will have invigilators looking after your work, and it will be insured, however if your artwork breaks or malfunctions during the show, all artists are asked to provide troubleshooting guides and our technicians will attempt to repair the works. If this is not possible, the artist will be asked to repair or replace the works.