Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2022

24 June – 18 September | York Art Gallery, UK

Over the past two years, we have witnessed radical paradigmatic shifts in the ways that we live, communicate, work and play – as well as how we travel, socialise and experience the joys of culture.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an annual celebration of contemporary art. The exhibition, which brings together this year’s talented finalists, invites you to explore, discover and engage with themes from our rapidly changing world – wide-ranging topics that include the ethics of representation, mass digitisation, globalisation, diasporic identities and the continuing threats posed by the climate crisis.  

This year’s winners are Baff Akoto and Yukako Tanaka. See their work alongside that of finalists Akihiro Boujoh; Jason Bruges Studio; Ellen Carey; Sara Choudhrey; Sophie Dixon; Elise Guillaume; Ulf König; Rebecca Lejić-Tiernan; Marcus Lyon; Sarah Maple; Steve Messam; Guen  Murroni; Terrence Musekiwa; Bart Price; Gjert Rognli; Omar Torres; Ingrid  Weyland; and K Young.

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These 20 pieces – both individually and collectively – disrupt the status quo. Together, they offer both personal and universal narratives whilst asking key questions about life right here in the 21st century, as we emerge from the pandemic. The projects span Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the USA, and push the boundaries of genre, from painting, photography and sculpture, to video, mixed-media and installation.  

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a way for you to convene, discuss and make sense of the present moment, at this critical juncture in history. Art has the power to unite. It is transformative. It takes us to new places, and introduces us to new cultures, but most importantly, it reminds us of our humanity.  

The exhibition is curated by Cherie Federico with support from Griselda Goldsbrough and Kit Monkman.

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Submit Your Work

Aesthetica is looking for artists redefining the parameters of contemporary art. The Prize is open to multiple genres including photography, sculpture, installation, digital media, video, painting and more. Since its establishment 10 years ago, the Art Prize has provided a platform for artists across the globe to showcase their work through publication, exhibition, £10,000 prize money and wider exposure. Our Jury comprises influential art world figures, including curators, academics, gallerists, editors and practitioners whose expertise span across a range of media. Deadline: 31 August.

Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize