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The Aesthetica Art Prize £10,000 Award

What Aesthetica are Looking For

The Art Prize is open to works in any genre, and on any theme, however, they are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world. They accept entries from artists at all stages of their careers. They celebrate creativity in all its forms – across multiple media including Painting and Drawing; Video, Installation and Performance; Photography, Digital Art & Installation; Artists’ Film and more.

Previous exhibitions have posed larger questions about what it means to exist in a digitised, post-industrial landscape, as well as the effects of over-consumption, media stimulation, globalisation, and the climate crisis. We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of contemporary art and compel audiences to connect with one another. Winning pieces have reflected upon both social and political structures, questioning the value that we place on the planet and each other. They have pushed the boundaries of form and technique, providing a new set of possibilities and ideas.

To find out more about the types of work that have been shortlisted and longlisted, view Artists’ Profiles here. 

Awards to Enter

Main Prize
Open to all practitioners working at any level, including students and graduates.

  • £10,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition with the Finalists hosted by Aesthetica
  • Publication in the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Selection of art books courtesy of Prestel

Emerging Prize
Open to current students and artists who graduated within the last two years.

  • £1,000 prize money for the winner
  • Group exhibition with the Finalists hosted by Aesthetica
  • Publication in the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Selection of art books courtesy of Prestel

To find out more and apply go here

Deadline to apply is 31st August 2022

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