Visual Curiosity

Last year, three in five UK consumers used time at home to redecorate. In an unprecedented time, what images are we choosing and why?

The Constructed Self

Karen Navarro’s unconventional portraits investigate the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender and belonging.

Setting a Precedent: Design Shanghai

The world’s top practitioners navigate advancements in regenerative design at this year’s Design Shanghai. We select 5 videos to watch.

Next Generation

Join us for a morning of panel discussions and find out who wins the Aesthetica Next Generation Award 2021 – celebrating the best new talent.

Art, Freedom and Control

Ai Weiwei’s installation at Blenheim Palace is a commentary on fences and borders, taking the form of a large, golden, cage-like structure.

New Creatives: 10 Shows to See

How have artists responded to the pandemic? What are the latest trends, ideas and media? Discover our top 10 graduate shows. You saw them here first.

An Artistic Cosmos

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most important contemporary artists. Aesthetica interviews the curator of a new retrospective in Berlin.

Global Resonance

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is back for its 25th edition. The shortlist presents artists who use the medium in original and surprising ways.

Improvisational Spirit

Julia Buruleva’s bright, bold and unusual images combine performance and installation – filled with a spirit of experimentation and play.

A Pioneering Lens

James Barnor is a highly significant modernist photographer, best known for capturing iconic images of London and Accra during the 1960s.

Visual Ambiguities

“Mystery feeds my imagination.” Erwin Olaf’s latest photobook delves into 40 years’ work. The artist speaks to Aesthetica about the new release.

Altered Landscapes

Ellen Jantzen is drawn to the natural world: oceans, rivers, lakes and mountains. Yet, her artworks do not depict nature as we know it.

Glasgow International: Highlights

This year’s festival explores the theme of attention: how we observe things and the people around us. We pick out five exhibitions to see.

Creative Journeys

Art holds up a mirror to our times. The past year has been a period of uncertainty, but also innovation. How are new artists responding?

Ecstatic Bodies

The entwining of sexuality with spirituality defines Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s remarkable oeuvre, proposing new visions of Black queer masculinity.

Protecting our Waterways

“Public spaces are for the free exchange of ideas.” At Mazzoleni London, Melissa McGill draws attention to the impact of rising sea levels.

Embracing Change

After over a year online, how do we keep things fresh and exciting? University of Worcester’s creative talents have embraced this opportunity.

Distorting Reality

In Luka Khabelashvili’s images, green grass warps like a painting by van Gogh and clouds cover faces. This is our world, but not as we know it.

Looking Twice

Leo Fitzmaurice has perfected the art of the double take. His sculptures, on view at Humber Street Gallery, encourage audiences to look again.

Designing for Crisis

The London Design Biennale 2021 shows us what world-leading designers and artists are doing to highlight and combat today’s biggest challenges.