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The Aesthetica Art Prize 2023 Exhibition + Winners

This year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, renowned for celebrating creativity in all its forms, takes the temperature of today’s world and offers a new set of solutions as a tonic to life in the 21st century through its shortlist of international artists.  


From painting, photography and sculpture to installation, mixed-media and video, the acclaimed art prize has once again attracted a range of eye-opening and inspirational pieces. The art prize brings together 21 creative visionaries from across the globe.

“Art is a way to convene and make sense of the here and now at this critical juncture in history. The impact that art has on society is profound.” notes Cherie Federico, Director of the Art Prize, “It’s transformational and invites conversations that challenge the status-quo.”

Spectrum Photographic is delighted to once again partner with the prestigious award on exhibition production.

Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition view of images by Zoe Childerley
Work by Zoe Childerley. Credit: Aesthetica / Jim Poyner

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2023 Finalists

This year’s nominees demonstrate the power of art and its ability to question reality and memory. The selection of work surveys the ethics of representation, mass digitisation, globalisation, diaspora and the fragility of our planet. Lavinia Keller’s ‘NFMe’ discloses the invisible impact of technology with a sensitivity that invites viewers to rethink ownership and identity.

Elsewhere, Becky Probert uses the camera as a conduit to question the vastness of outer space with her work ‘Invisible Planets’.

The exhibition also incorporates part of the Artist’s Garden behind York Art Gallery with The Red Bags (2022) by Scotland-based artist Bea Last. The installation is both a reaction to and a statement of issues affecting society at large, such as war, displacement and the climate crisis.

This year’s full selection of artists are: Ada Cotton & Etienne Joseph, Becky Probert, Bea Last, Caro Williams, Dario Pilato, Debi Cornwall, Gareth Phillips, Hope Strickland, Jacob Talbot, Johanna Marie Schimming, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Kristina Varaksina, Larry Achiampong, Lavinia Keller, Lisa Traxler, Steph Tari Odu, Computational Design & Visualization Lab, Rosie Sherwood, Valentina Ferrandes, Wen Ching Hao and Zoe Childerley.

You can read about each of the 2023 finalists here.

Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition view
Exhibition View. Credit: Aesthetica / Jim Poyner

Aesthetica Art Prize 2023 Winners

Larry Achiampong and Hope Strickland are the winners of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2023. The work was selected by jurors from Autograph, Barbican, Chisenhale Gallery, New Contemporaries, Open Eye Gallery and more.

The Main Prize-winner is Larry Achiampong for the film Wayfinder, which dissects ideas surrounding class, gender, cross-cultural and digital identity. The Emerging Prize-winner is Hope Strickland with I’ll Be Back. Filmed in archives and museums across the UK, the piece looks at a series of collections that hold objects of colonial violence.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is in its final weeks and runs until 4 June at York Art Gallery. Entry is free.

A new edition of the Future Now Anthology, profiling all of 2023’s shortlisted and longlisted Aesthetica Art Prize artists, is available now to order here.

You can find out more about the Aesthetica Art Prize here.

Spectrum produced C-type prints to Dibond for the exhibition.