Artes mundi 6 Exhibtion and Prize Dates Announced

Date posted: September 16, 2014

Artes Mundi 6

Exhibition and Prize Dates Announced


Exhibition opens 24th October 2014

Prize Announcement 22nd January 2015


Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the official exhibition and prize giving dates for 2014’s highly anticipated Artes Mundi 6 exhibition and prize. The exhibition will take place in Cardiff at National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre and ffotogallery from 24th October 2014 to 22nd February 2015.


The winner of Artes Mundi 6 will be announced on 22nd January 2015 at an awards ceremony at National Museum Cardiff. The winning artist will receive a prize fund of £40,000, the UK’s largest monetary prize awarded to artists.  


Artist Mundi 6 is the UK’s leading international contemporary art prize and an important arbiter of cultural exchange between the UK and the international community which takes place bi-annually.  Bringing together a major exhibition of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Artes Mundi 6 promises to be the foremost opportunity to see ground-breaking, international contemporary art in the UK.


Artes Mundi, the organisation behind the prize and exhibition, is an international arts organisation committed to supporting ground breaking, international, contemporary, visual artists whose work engages with social reality and lived experience.  The organisation is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and by Cardiff City Council and runs a sustained programme of outreach and learning projects throughout the year.


In 2014, the biennial event branches out beyond the National Museum Cardiff, to include Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and ffotogallery, Penarth, with a world-class programme of performance, music, site-specific installations, film, lectures and seminars based around the exhibition and prize, and running across the city from October to February.


The shortlisted artists for Artes Mundi 6:




OMER FAST (Israel)




RENZO MARTENS (Netherlands)




This year’s shortlist was selected from over 800 nominations by Adam Budak, independent curator, and Sabine Schaschl, director of Museum Haus Konstruktiv.


KAREN MACKINNON, director, Artes Mundi 6, has said: “At the centre of Artes Mundi is the belief that art is transformative both on a local and global scale.  Artes Mundi 6 brings a word-class shortlist of artists to Wales and the wider British public, each working with or commenting on the human condition, to inspire, to educate and to underline the positive, transformative power of art within society, and to promote the whole of Britain as instrumental in supporting cultural innovation on the global arts stage.”

MacKinnon is an international curator specialising in progressive site-specific and socially engaged practice. Mackinnon has worked in high profile galleries across Wales including Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2005 she was appointed as curator for the Welsh Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale.

Artes Mundi 6 People’s Choice Award The Artes Mundi People’s Choice Award returns for its second year after the award’s success at Artes Mundi 5 in 2012. This special award invites exhibition-going public to voice their thoughts on the shortlisted artists and vote for their favourite work.

About the Shortlisted Artists


CARLOS BUNGA (b.1976) creates architecturally scaled, site-specific installations made from mass-produced materials. Touching on issues such as immigration and socio-economic disparity, Bunga’s process-based practice has received critical acclaim from publications including ARTFORUM and The New York Times. Last year Bunga was awarded the 2013 ArtPrize for his piece Ecosystem installed at the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, Michigan, USA. Originally from Portugal, Bunga now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.


OMER FAST (b.1972) works with film to examine modes of constructed social identity and the fallacies of language in relation to conflict and political agenda. Fast has exhibited internationally at locations including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Imperial War Museum, London, UK and Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland. He has received strong acclaim from critics at The Daily Telegraph, ARTFORUM and Frieze among others. Originally from Israel, Fast now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


THEASTER GATES (b.1973) works with sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that act as catalysts for social engagement and political change. Currently at #40 on the ArtReview Power100 and named ‘the world’s most recognisable face for twenty-first-century socially engaged art’ by the same publication, Gates has exhibited at highly esteemed locations globally including  dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; The Armory Show 2012, New York, USA and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK. Gates lives and works in Chicago, USA.


SANJA IVEKOVIĆ (b.1949) tackles issues of female identity, the politics of power, consumerism and the paradoxes inherent in society’s collective memory. In the 1980’s she founded a number of Croatian women’s organisations such as The Elektra- Women’s Art Centre, The Centre for Women’s Studies, B.a.B.a and The Women’s Human Rights Group. Her work is included in collections globally including that of Tate and MOMA, and she has received acclaim from publications including New Statesman and the Financial Times. Iveković lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.


RAGNAR KJARTANSSON (b.1976) draws on the histories of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature in his video installations, performances, drawing and painting. Fallacy and exaggeration become subversive tools in the artist’s attempt to offer sincere emotion and genuine experience to his audience. His work has been widely reviewed by publications such as The Guardian, The New Yorker and ArtReview. Kjartansson lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.


SHARON LOCKHART (b.1964) employs still and moving imagery to create compelling records of labourers in locations across the globe. Working collaboratively with her subjects to capture the mundane events of their lives, Lockhart’s multidimensional practice enables her subjects to become more richly engaged with their working routine. Lockhart has exhibited globally at venues such as The Jewish Museum, New York; USA; CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel and SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA. Lockhart lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.


RENATA LUCAS’s (b.1971) interventional practice playfully manipulates the architecture of social spaces, employing de-contextualized architectural objects (radiators, swimming pool steps, and plants) to encourage society to be more adventurous with their urban habitats. Her work has been featured in ARTFORUM, Frieze and e-flux, and art fairs including dOCUMENTA (13) and the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011. Lucas lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


RENZO MARTENS’s (b.1973) video practice challenges the tendency of western media to profit from the trauma of communities in socio-political turmoil. Questioning the photographic dialogue of viewer and viewed Martens supports these communities by enabling them to document their own situations and trade this with western media. Originally from Holland, Martens now lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.


KAREN MIRZA & BRAD BUTLER (b.1970/1973) play on conventional understandings of the artist-audience as producer-receiver by creating social interventions, sculptures, film and performance that challenge the construction of social narrative in official settings, such as schools and museums. Mirza and Butler’s work has been featured globally at galleries and museums including the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA and the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Mirza and Butler currently live and work in London, UK.


Artes Mundi Director, Karen MacKinnon and the shortlisted artists are available for interview.

For all media enquiries please contact Tory Lyne-Pirkis or Fiona Livesey at Midas Public Relations | | 0207 361 78 70


Notes to editors:





Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition and Prize – Press Preview: Tuesday 21st October


Runs: 24th October 2014 – 22nd February 2015

Prize Announcement: 22nd January 2014

Venues:  National Museum of Art, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

                   Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff CF5 1QE

                   ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DH

Opening Times (National Museum): Tuesday – Sunday, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Information: | +44 (0) 29 2055 5300

Admission: Free



About Artes Mundi – Artes Mundi is an international arts organisation based in Cardiff, UK. Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is committed to supporting ground breaking, international, contemporary, visual artists whose work engages with social reality and lived experience.  Artes Mundi Exhibition and prize takes place biennially, running a sustained programme of outreach and learning projects alongside the public exhibition and prize giving.  In 2012 the Artes Mundi 5 Prize was awarded to Teresa Margolles. Previous winners are Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006) and Xu Bing (2004).  


Artes Mundi is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and by Cardiff City Council. Other funders include The Colwinston Charitable Trust, The Myristica Trust, The Waterloo Foundation, Garfield Weston and The Foyle Foundation. Further information about our partners can be obtained by contacting Midas Public Relations, details below.


About National Museum of Art, National Museum Cardiff  Wales’ National Museum of Art launched in 2011, extending over the whole first floor of National Museum Cardiff, to house Wales’s national art collections, which include the world-renowned Impressionist collection with works by Monet, Cézanne, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Rodin.  The creation of the National Museum of Art involved five years of development, as the existing galleries were completely refurbished; other galleries were transformed into stunning new spaces, offering over 40% more space to display modern and contemporary art.


About Chapter Arts Centre Chapter Arts Centre is an international art space that commissions, produces and presents contemporary visual and live art projects within a dynamic multi-artform venue in Cardiff, UK.  It offers an ambitious, challenging and wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, residencies, off-site projects and events by established international artists.


About ffotogallery  ffotogallery was established in 1978 as the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. ffotogallery seeks to widen its impact and influence through touring exhibitions, collaborations with other organisations and galleries, print and online publishing and an extensive education and outreach programme.



Our Partners:




 │  @ArtesMundi


Artes Mundi director, Karen MacKinnon and the shortlisted artists are available for interview.

High-res images, biographies of Artes Mundi director Karen MacKinnon and the full shortlist available

For all media enquiries please contact Tory Lyne-Pirkis or Fiona Livesey at Midas Public Relations | | 0207 361 78 70