The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 26 Days To Go – Artists’ Film

With 26 days to go until the Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries closes, we explore this year’s rich selection of projects created by an innovative group of international practitioners across diverse categories. Today’s focus is on the Artists’ Film category, with conceptual artist Denys Blacker.

Living and working in Spain, Blacker uses performance, sculpture and drawing to explore themes of symmetry and precision. Her selected piece The Noble Gases appeared in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 exhibition and anthology. A series of seven performances for camera, The Noble Gases is based on Blacker’s research into the Periodic Table. The artist examines the malleable and shape-shifting properties of individual gases whilst looking at their relationship to reality and consciousness in everyday life.

A celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. The award invites artists to submit work into any one of the following four categories: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton (£250 for main prize winner; £150 for student prize winner).

Entries are open until 31 August 2015. Register your artwork at

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1. Denys Blacker, The Noble Gases, (2014). Courtesy of the artist.