Students Invited To Enter Aesthetica Art Prize

by Cass Art

Aesthetica is one of Britain's best-loved art and culture magazines. If you're an art-lover, it's a must-have for the coffee table, for reading on the train and for all-round updates on the news of the art world.

The publication’s annual awards are approaching once again, to celebrate everything that is excellent and innovative in art. The major prize is The Aesthetica Art Prize, but it also offers a prize specific to students.

The main Aesthetica Art Prize offers a cash prize of £5,000 - but the Student Prize offers £1,000 - a hefty sum for any art student - and the chance to promote your work to a wide and art-savvy audience. With 168,000 readers across the globe, the winner will gain comprehensive exposure and a huge leap in the right direction of making it as a professional artist.

Applications for the 2015 Prize are now open, but you need to submit your entries by the end of next month.

About the Prize

Harriet Lewars won this year’s student section for her intriguing sculpture Frustum Super Planum Cum Filiae Lyrae piece, a shortened cone constructed in steel. Somerset-born Lewars, an avid violinist, is fascinated by the relationship between music and the visual arts.

Harriet Lewars 

Over 3,000 artists entered last time across the main and student sections. Eight of them went on to exhibit at a display showcasing the competition, with the works of an additional 92 put on public view via gallery monitors.

Earlier finalists included modern expressionist Marcus Jansen, Julia Vogl, Bernat Millet and Ingrid Hu.

The global magazine is renowned for the dynamism of its content, fusing astounding images with critical debate. Aesthetica engages with everything facet of culture and visual art and has helped to make the awards one of the key dates in the UK’s art prize calendar. 

The publication says the works comment ‘profoundly’ on 21st Century life. The inaugural exhibition of the best entries last year attracted 10,000 viewers in a seven-week timescale.

The lucky winning student will receive £1,000 prize money, the chance to to display in an exhibition staged by York St Mary’s, an art book selection, an Winsor & Newton art supplies voucher worth £150, Aesthetica magazine editorial coverage and your work published in the title’s art awards anthology. 

Rhona Byrne 

How To Enter

You can submit your work under 4 categories: video, performance and installation; drawing and painting; digital and photographic art: and sculpture and 3D design.

Entries cost £15 plus VAT, and the closing date is Sunday 31st August.

You can enter the Aesthetica Student Art Prize here.

Image credits

Image 1 - Michelee Scott, Route 66-A-Series, Photographic & Digital Art, Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and artist

Image 2 - Harriet Lewars, Frustum Super Planum Cum Filia Lyrae,  2013, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and artist

Image 3 -  Rhona Byrne, It's All Up in the air, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Courtesy of Aesthetica Art Prize and artist

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