The Aesthetica Art Prize is a global competition supporting emerging contemporary artists. Hiscox is supporting the Prize by contributing to the prize fund on offer to the artists submitting pieces of work.
In addition to recognising excellence in the global contemporary art world Aesthetica is a small business based in York, close to Hiscox new offices.
The relationship is a three year deal seeing support in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The entries received in 2015 were short-listed by the end of the year and judged in early 2016. Whitney Hintz, curator of the Hiscox Collection was among the esteemed panel of judges.
The winner was announced at the opening of an exhibition at York St Mary’s Gallery in April. The prize was presented to the winner, Rachel Ara’s for her selected piece This Much I’m Worth (2014-2016)’. Ara received a cheque for £5,000 while the student prize of £1,000 went to David Hochgatterer for his piece TIME TO X (2013-2014).
In addition to her role as judge, Whitney Hintz also wrote an essay which appears in the guide to the prize and was one of the experts called upon to give a talk as part of a series of lunchtime events which took place to support the 2015 exhibition.
For more information on the Aesthetica Art Prize see http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/