Help & FAQs

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 (FAQs), please contact the team.

Submission Process

How do I enter?

In the first instance, all artists are required to submit their works as images/video as part of the online application process – these should be attached as JPG, PNG or PDF (maximum file size 10MB in total). You can enter the Art Prize here.

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 you are notified. 

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 submit work that has been previously published?

Yes. We accept works previously published and exhibited elsewhere. Please include information on previous publications and exhibitions on your submission form. This will not affect the judging process. In the event that you are successful, it is good practice to credit previously published and exhibited works.

Do I need to enter pieces of a series separately?

No. A series can be submitted as one work. Please provide documentation of the series as a whole. For example, for each entry fee, you could submit 2 series of works.

What is a low-res image?

Low-res is short for Low Resolution and is the standard size for images on the internet. A low-res image has a resolution of around 72 dpi (dots per inch). We ask for your submission to be low-res for the judging process. If you work is selected for publication in the annual, we will contact you for a larger high-res version of your work.

Can I alter my entry once submitted?

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. If you wish to make a change to your entry, please email 

Are there any size limitations?

The Aesthetica Art Prize can accept large pieces of artwork, depending on the available space within the gallery for the exhibition in Spring.

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 both UK and International practitioners working at any level. 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 / Music 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 credit where works are used.

Music/Sound Rights-
You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained within you entry. You may be required to produce documentation at any time.

My entry contains film clips from other sources. Do I need to acquire copyright?

You are fully responsible for the clearance to use all external materials, even for non-commercial use. You may be required to produce documentation at any time.

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

One you have submitted you work, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. If you have not received confirmation within 48 hours, please check your junk/spam folders before contacting us at 

Entry Fees

How much does it cost?

Entry fees for the Aesthetica Prize start from £18. Prices increase every 3 months.  You can pay online using Paypal or your credit/debit card. Payment for your entry will be taken after you complete your entry form.

Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline Entry Fee
December – February  2020 Early Deadline £18
March – May 2020 Spring Deadline £22
June – August 2020 Regular Deadline £26
1 – 6 September 2020 Late Entries £30

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What is your refund policy?

If you wish to withdraw from the Aesthetica Art Prize, full refunds are offered within 28 days of the original purchase date. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment. Please call us on (+44) (0)1904 629 137 during business hours (09:00-17:30) explaining that you wish to withdraw, or email us at

Judging Process

How will the Art Prize be judged?

Our Judging Panel will select artworks based on a set of selection criteria. In total, 100 artists will be longlisted for the Art Prize Anthology, out of which a smaller selected will then be shortlisted and invited to participate in the Art Prize Exhibition. Two winners will be chosen, 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
  •  Quality of artistic 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 2021.

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 and collection) and 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 is the Art Prize Anthology?

The Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists is a dynamic guide to international art, including all longlisted and shortlisted artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize. If your work is selected, it will feature within the anthology.  The publication also features a collection of critical essays by influential art figures including curators and artists. Published in Spring, the anthology accompanies the exhibition and is distributed in UK galleries and online.

What will the editorial in Aesthetica consist of?

The April / May issue of Aesthetica will include a feature on the Art Prize in which the 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 entries for 2021 prize are open.

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 artwork is damaged during the exhibition?

Artists are responsible for the maintenance of their work throughout the duration of the show. All shortlisted artists are asked to provide troubleshooting guides and contact details for representatives that are able to assist in the unfortunate instance of artwork being damaged.

Are there any other events besides the Private View?

Aesthetica hosts a number of events to compliment the Art Prize Exhibition. Led by artists, curators and academics, Public Programmes running throughout the duration of the show, offer an insight into current themes in the art world. Visitors can further their appreciation of contemporary art through attending talks held at York Art Gallery.