Call for Entries: The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is launched

Adam Niklewicz, Rigorous, 2016. USA. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, with up to £5,000 up for grabs. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the annual event is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world.

It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The judging panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. 2016's finalists include Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY]; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London.

Adam Basanta, Curtain (white), 2016. Canada. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Adam Basanta, Curtain (white), 2016. Canada. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Alinka Echeverría, Becoming South Sudan – Chapter One, 2011. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Alinka Echeverría, Becoming South Sudan – Chapter One, 2011. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Emmanuelle Moureaux, Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Emmanuelle Moureaux, Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.

Judith Jones, Rendezvous, 2015 (pictured) and The Road to Nowhere, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Judith Jones, Rendezvous, 2015 (pictured) and The Road to Nowhere, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Stanza, The Nemesis Machine, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Stanza, The Nemesis Machine, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Stephen Johnston, Limes in Jar, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Stephen Johnston, Limes in Jar, 2016. UK. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist.

Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. Discover more at aestheticamagazine.com.

Main image: Adam Niklewicz, Rigorous, 2016. USA. Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and the artist