Artes Mundi Announces Exhibition and Prize Dates for 2021

Date posted: July 23, 2020

Artes Mundi is pleased to announce new dates for the ninth edition of the biennial exhibition and prize. Originally scheduled for October 2020, it will now take place in Spring 2021.

White text on black ground: artesmundi9 logo. Prize announcement: 11th February 2021; Exhibition: 13th February 2021 - 6th June 2021. Images of the six shortlisted artists' headshots in black & white. Funders logos to the right of the image. Additional small print text: #ArtesMundi9, @artesmundi and

Artes Mundi 9 will take place from 13th February 2021 to 6th June 2021 in Cardiff, across three venues, National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and g39. For this edition the winner of the Artes Mundi 9 Prize will be announced ahead of the exhibition opening on 11th February, instead of toward the end of the exhibition as in previous years. 

Artes Mundi presents the UKs leading international contemporary art prize and is an important arbiter of cultural exchange between the UK and the international visual arts community. Bringing together a major biennial exhibition of some of the worlds most celebrated contemporary artists, Artes Mundi 9 promises to be the foremost opportunity to see international contemporary art in the UK which engages with ideas and issues ever more significant within our current circumstances. The shortlist of six artists has been selected from over 700 nominations submitted from 90 countries. It remains the UKs largest contemporary art prize with £40,000 prize money and has previously been awarded to Theaster Gates (2015), John Akomfrah (2017), and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2019).  

We are delighted to announce the revised dates for Artes Mundi 9 and are committed to delivering a programme that is safe for all artists, audiences, partners and supporters. As we live through and engage with global changes of significant impact, more than ever the work of all six artists speaks to and resonates with, the ideas and issues we need to address individually and collectively within our societies, concerning equity, representation, trauma and privilege. 

Nigel Prince, Director of Artes Mundi

The Artes Mundi 9 Shortlist includes: Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic), Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Prabhakar Pachpute (India) and Carrie Mae Weems (USA).  The shortlist was selected by a jury made up ofCosminCostinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong and Artistic Director of KathmanduTriennale2020;ElviraDyangani-Ose,Director of The Showroom gallery in London; andRachel Kent,Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.   

Encompassing painting and drawing, object making, film and video, the artist’s practices sit within the museum context and beyond; some transform public space and others exist as ephemeral iterations. Working against the notion of a centre, they reflect diverse global narratives in both exciting and thoughtful ways. These artists’ works reflect powerfully on the changing forces that shape our world – encompassing themes of identity and narration, social structures and collective memory, and industry and ecological crisis.

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