Success Stories

Our alumni have achieved further exhibitions at Tate Modern, The Photographers’ Gallery, MoMA PS1, Foam Amsterdam, V&A, Barbican, Guggenheim, Saatchi Gallery, Centre Pompidou and more.

They have won, or been nominated for a range of prestigious awards, including the Prix Elysée, FOAM Talent, the Jarman Award, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, John Moore’s Painting Prize and Sony World Photography Awards. Collectively, they have achieved publication and further recognition in Frieze, Art Review, Vice, Dezeen, Wallpaper, The Sunday TimesThe Guardian, The Independent, The New Yorker, KinfolkNew York Times Magazine.

Notable alumni include Emmanuelle Moureaux, Shuster+ Mosley, Ellie Davies, Jason Bruges Studio, Steve Messam, Marcus Lyon, Liz West, Jasmina Cibic, Gillian Hyland, Julia Fullerton Batten, Tadao Cern, Vikram Kushwah, Jane & Louise Wilson, Tania Franco Klein, Chloe Rosser, Monica Alacazar-Duarte amongst others.

Recent News

Aesthetica Alumni: Meet Dirk Hardy

We caught up with Dirk Hardy to learn about his work, upcoming display at Photoville and career since being shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize.

Aesthetica Alumni:
Alexandra Carr

We caught up with Alexandra Carr, one half of Torus Torus Studios, to learn more about their new sculpture commission at Science Museum, London.

Aesthetica Alumni:
Meet Edgar Martins

Sony World Photography Award Winner and Aesthetica Art Prize alumnus Edgar Martins shares insights into his poignant new photography series.

Profound Reverberations

This years edition of RAY Triennial of Photography includes lens-based artist from across the globe who reflect on the making and breaking of identity.

A Green Sanctuary

Claire Luxton invites viewers to enjoy a moment of relaxation and reflection with her breath-taking ‘Field of Dreams’ installation that takes over Battersea Power Station this summer.

Systems of Knowledge

Mexican-British artist Mónica Alcázar-Duarte speaks about her new show in London. It is rooted in western society’s obsession with technology, speed, expansion and accumulation.

10 Questions With…
Oli Kellett

Waiting for a Sign contrasts anonymous metropolitan life with unique human experiences, asking us to consider the stories of people we pass by. It’s a masterclass in cinematic photography.

Exploring Light with Squidsoup

Light Festival returns to Battersea Power Station to illuminate London’s riverside. Aesthetica talks to Antony Rowe, from art collective Squidsoup, about their glistening installations.

Universe of Emotion

Tania Franco Klein, whose works are held by MoMA and Getty, holds a mirror up to the various effects of time spent online, such as disconnection, performative stress and media overstimulation.

Message in the Sky

At a time when it can be hard to decipher “real” from “artificial”, National Geographic Photographer Reuben Wu shows us what it is possible to create on location, using light carrying drones.

Stepping into Nature

Themes of empowerment, authenticity and play are central to Tamara Dean’s practice. In this long read, we catch up with her about what’s new – including a Thames & Hudson monograph.

Magic in Wilderness

Photographer Ellie Davies presents a new book that revels in feelings of mystery provided by forests. She uses the lens to address climate issues in the UK and beyond.


Alec von Bargen

2019 Prize | Alec von Bargen has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Alinka Echeverria

2017 Prize | Echeverría is a Prix Elysée nominee. She has worked with BBC Four and shown work at LACMA, as well as MMFA, Canada.

Andre Lictenberg

2014 & 2018 Prizes | Lichtenberg has exhibited at The Barbican, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; as well as Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

2016 Prize | Andrea Luka Zimmerman is BIFA-nominee and Jarman Award-winner. She has an Arts Council Collection exhibition from 2022 until 2023.

Andrew Leventis

2021 Prize | Leventis’ recent work Contemporary Vanities has been exhibited at Mint Museum, New York in 2022. He has exhibited at APT Gallery.

Arseniy Neskhodimov

2020 Prize | Neskhodimov won the Wellcome Photography Prize in 2020, as featured in The Guardian. He has since won a BIFA, TIFA and MIFA.

Attilio Fiumarella

2016 Prize | Fiumarella won Portrait of Humanity 2020. He has been commissioned work by The Guardian, L’OBS and The Financial Times.

Baff Akoto

2022 Prize | Baff has exhibited at ICA, London and the British Film Institute. They produced QUEEN OF GLORY which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Ben Cullen Williams

2021 Prize | In 2020 Cullen Williams’ public art project A=V was unveiled in Covent Garden, which made the front page of the Financial Times.


2018 Prize | The duo BOY/GIRL’s clients include Vogue Brazil, Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Bloomingdales, Harrods and Glass Magazine.

Caroline Burraway

2013 Prize | Burraway is the 2021 Wells Cathedral winner of the JGM Gallery Prize. She has exhibited at Venice Biennale and Saatchi Gallery, London.

Cathryn Shilling

2021 Prize | Shilling is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited many times at the British Glass Biennale, Birmingham.

Chirag Jindal

2020 Prize | Jindal won the Royal Photographic Society’s Under 30s Award in 2020 and the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award in 2019.

Chloe Rosser

2017 Prize | Rosser has shown at Open Eye Gallery, Barcelona Foto Biennale and UK Parliament. She has published a photobook entitled Form & Function.

Darren Nisbitt

2014 & 2016 Prizes | Nisbett is a Sony World Photography Awards finalist, and has been published in The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Davide Luciano & Claudia Ficca

2014 Prize | The artistic duo have since been featured in New York Times. Other features include Elle, The Independent and The New Yorker.

Ellie Davies

2016 Prize | Davies won the Magnum Awards 2017. She was the Professional Fine Art Series Winner of the 12th Pollux Awards.

Emma Hartvig

2017 Prize | Hartvig is published by Plastik, The Telegraph and Hatje Cantz Verlag. Her client list includes: Chanel, Miu Miu and Mercedes Benz.

Emmanuelle Moureaux

2017 Prize | Moureaux has created for UNIQLO and ISSEY MIYAKI. She was selected for Architizer’s A+ Awards and NOW Gallery’s 2020 commission.

Gabriela Torres Ruiz

2016 Prize | In 2020, Ruiz became a LensCulture award-winner. She received funding from the Volkart Foundation in 2021 for her exhibition project.

Gillian Hyland

2018 Prize | Hyland’s was the Female in Focus Photography winner 2019 and ADC Annual Awards winner 2020. Her subjects include Cate Blanchett.

Giulio di Sturco

2019 Prize | di Sturco was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2019, with a show at the V&A. His photobook, Ganga Ma, has been featured in FT.

Hagar Vardimon

2015 Prize | Commissions include New York Times Magazine, Warner Bros, The Sunday Times, Elle, Wired, Allure, Urban Outfitters and JW Anderson.

Hannah Honeywill

2015 Prize | Honeywill is part of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She opened a new exhibition, Vera, with support from Arts Council England in 2021.

Henry Driver

2016 Prize | Driver has exhibited in Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Barbican. In 2021 he created a video journey project commissioned by BBC Arts.

Ingrid Hu

2015 Prize | Hu’s clients include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the V&A Museum. She received a D&AD award in Spatial Design.

Jakob Steensen

2021 Prize | In 2020 Steensen exhibited Berl-Berl at Berghain, Berlin. He was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at Venice Biennale 2019.

James Tapscott

2021 Prize | In 2021 Tapscott created a permanent public sculpture for Weiwuying City Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan entitled Arc ZERO: Eclipse.

Jane & Louise Wilson

2019 Prize | In 1999, the duo were shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2020, they coordinated the Royal Academy’s 252nd Summer Exhibition.

Jasmina Cibic

2017 Prize | Cibic has works exhibited at The Louvre, Whitechapel Gallery, and MoMA. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award.

Jenn Nkiru

2019 Prize | Nkiru is a Cannes winner; her video for Beyoncé won a Grammy in 2020. She was selected for the 2019 Whitney Biennale exhibition.

John Keane

2015 Prize | Keane was Official British War Artist with Imperial War Museum. Shows include Flowers Gallery and Royal Academy, London.

Julia Fullerton-Batten

2019 Prize | Fullerton-Batten is a Hassleblad Master. Her work has been shown at ICP, Fotografiska, Open Eye Gallery and Aperture Foundation.

Julia SH

2021 Prize | SH’s was selected for the Fotografiska, New York exhibition Nude in 2022. In 2021 she won Sliver in Fine Art at Prix de la Photographie, Paris.

Julia Vogl

2011 Prize | Vogl is a member of the Royal British Sculpture Society and has hosted a TEDx Talk. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London.

Julian Day

2015 Prize | Day’s work has been presented at Tate Modern, London; Academy of Music, London; MoCA, Sydney; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts.

Juliana Kasumu

2021 Prize | In 2021 Kasumu’s short won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Storytelling at AFI Fest. Her short is also screening at the BFI Flare 2022.

Julio Bittencourt

2017 Prize | Bittencourts work has been published in magazines such as Foam Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.

Kitoko Diva

2021 Prize | In 2021 Diva exhibited at Guggenheim Museum, New York and Tate Modern, London. She featured at the 2021 IDFF Amsterdam.

Laura Stevens

2015 Prize | Stevens was the recipient of the British Journal of Photography Award in 2018 and was a Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie finalist in 2019.

Liss LaFleur

2018 Prize | LaFleur’s exhibitions include The Tate, Reykjavik Art Museum and the Czong ICA. She is the 2020-22 Kennedy Center Citizen Art Fellow.

Liz West

2016 Prize | West’s commissions include National Trust and London Design Festival. Her work has been published in The Times and The Independent.

Lottie Davies

2015 & 2018 Prizes | Davies has been featured by the BBC and The Guardian. She has taken part in FORMAT Festival and the 209 Women exhibition.

Lucy Knox

2013 Prize | In 2019 Knox was runner up for Best Narrative Music Video at Vivid Festival in Sydney. She has shown work at MoMA, New York.

Marcus Lyon

2015 Prize | Lyon’s work has featured in British Journal of Photography, The Guardian and New York Times. His latest book I.Detroit was published in 2020.

María Molina Peiró

2019 Prize | Molina Peiró has exhibited at the Louvre and MMCA Seoul. She featured at International Film Festival Rotterdam and BFI London Film Festival.

Marie Harnett

2017 Prize | Harnett’s permanent collection locations include MoMA, New York and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.

Maryam Tafakory

2019 Prize | Tafakory has exhibited at MoMA Doc Fortnight, IFFR and BFI London. She received the Ammodo Tiger Short Award at the 51st IFFR in 2022.

Monica Alcazar-Duarte

2021 Prize | In 2021 Alcazar-Duarte was awarded a British Arts Council Grant. She is a member of the jury panel of The Royal Photographic Society.

Patty Carroll

2020 Prize | Carroll’s work has been featured in the The British Journal of Photography. She published the photobook Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise.

Peter Davis

2018 Prize | Davis is an elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. In 2021, he exhibited for the John Moores Painting Prize.

Rachel Ara

2016 Prize | Ara’s work has been featured in the V&A and Barbican. In 2020 Ara won the coLAB award Women Make Sculpture commission.

Reginald Van de Velde

2018 Prize | Van de Velde has since shown work at Les Rencontres d’Arles and MMCA, Seoul. He received Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020.

Reuben Wu

2019 Prize | In 2020, Wu was selected for the Sony World Photography Awards with Lux Noctis. Selected clients include Apple, Audi, Google and IBM.

Rhea Storr

2020 Prize | Storr is an artist-in-residence at Somerset House, London. Exhibitions include the MOCA, Los Angeles and Saatchi New Sensations.

Romina Ressia

2020 Prize | Her work features in a permanent collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, USA. In 2020, Ressia won 2nd prize at the Sony Awards.

Ron Bambridge

2013 Prize | In The London Photographic Awards, Bambridge won categories Still Life, Environmental Series and Environmental Colour.

Sarah Choo Jing

2018 Prize | In 2019 Choo Jing won Gold at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie. She was a finalist for the 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Sarah Maple

2022 Prize | Maple has been commissioned by the BBC, Harper’s Bazaar, Google Arts, Sky Arts and Saatchi Gallery. She has exhibited at Tate Britain.

Shan Wu

2021 Prize | Wu was part of the official selection for the Odense IFF, Denmark 2021, as well as the Women Make Waves IFF Taiwan 2021.

Sim Chi Yin

2019 Prize | Chi Yin is a Magnum photographer and has previously been commissioned by Nobel Peace Prize. She was nominated for the Prix Pictet.

Steve Messam

2021 Prize | In 2021, Messam was awarded Visual Artist of the Year at the Newcastle Journal Culture Awards. He collaborates with National Trust.

Suzanne Moxhay

2015 Prize | Moxhay’s work has been shown at the MIA Art Fair in Milan where she was nominated for the BNL Paribas Award. Features include the BBC.

Tadao Cern

2016 & 2017 Prizes | Cern’s features include Vice, Widewalls and Colossal. In 2019, he was featured in The Guardian’s My Best Shot photography feature.

Tania Franco Klein

2017 Prize | Franco Klein has won at the Sony World Photography Awards twice, received accolades from Lensculture and is a FOAM Paul Huf Award nominee.

Toby Dye

2016 Prize | Dye has collaborated with Netflix, Sky, Ford and the NHS, whilst producing Phobos with Ridley Scott. He has been covered in The Guardian.

Vikram Kushwah

2016 & 2018 Prizes | Kushwah is a Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner. He works for publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.


2017 Prize | In 2021 Webb-Ellis received a Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England. They have exhibited at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Zoe Beaudry

2015 Prize | Beaudry featured on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019. She has undertaken residencies at Kriti Gallery, India and The Forge, Michigan, USA.