Artes Mundi 6 Prize and Exhibition Opens

Date posted: October 27, 2014

Artes Mundi 6 Prize and Exhibition






National Museum Cardiff | Chapter | Ffotogallery, Penarth

24 October 2014 – 22 February 2015


On October 24th Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition and Prize in Cardiff opens its doors to the British public, presenting a major exhibition of work from ten of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists. Artes Mundi 6 is the UK’s largest contemporary art prize, with the winner receiving the generous sum of £40,000. The prize is open to artists whose work explores and comments on the human condition.


The winner of Artes Mundi 6 will be announced on 22nd January 2015 at an award ceremony in Cardiff. The international panel of judges for Artes Mundi 6 is chaired by JJ Charlesworth, art critic and associate editor of ArtReview. JJ is joined by leaders in the global field of contemporary art, including Elise Atangana, Amanda Farr, Inti Guerrero and Alia Swastika.


This year’s prize show takes place across three venues including National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Gallery and Ffotogallery, Penarth. Highlights of this year’s prize show include the world premiere of A complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth or When We Believe (2014) by Theaster Gates (USA), which features a Malinese Boli, and a Masonic unicycling goatRenzo Martens (Netherlands) presents the first work from The Institute for Human Activities, in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 3D-printed, chocolate self-portraits made by Congolese plantation workers. Carlos Bunga (Portugal) premieres an architecturally-scaled site-specific cardboard installation entitled Exodus (2014).

Omer Fast’s film Continuity (2012) explores reality and idealism in America’s Afghan War. Sanja Iveković’s (Croatia) images Gen XX and Women’s House (Sunglasses) and her installation The Disobedient (The Revolutionaries) confront fascism and sexism in 20th century Europe. The UK Premiere of Ragnar Kjartansson’s (Iceland) video installation, The Visitors (2013) looks at the fine line between parody and reality in pop culture. Sharon Lockhart’s (USA)  film Exit (2008) documents labourers at the Bath Iron Works based in Maine, USA. Renata Lucas (Brazil)  shows a new installation of her iconic interactive plywood floor Falha (Failure, 2003 ongoing). Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK) are showing The Unreliable Narrator (2014) and You are the Prime Minister (2014), two new installations using neon, video and text to confront the Mumbai bombings and the role of British privilege in middle-east conflict.

Karen Mackinnon, Artes Mundi Director has said, “We’re incredibly lucky to have such a strong shortlist for this year’s Artes Mundi prize, we hope that the outstanding contributions each shortlisted artist has made to the global arts agenda will inspire the British public to reconsider and use art as a vehicle for social critique and a catalyst for better understanding of the human condition.”


JJ Charlesworth, Associate Editor of ArtReview has said “I’m excited to see the range and depth of artistic work brought together for this edition of Artes Mundi. These are artists who believe that art can reflect on and illuminate some of the toughest and most troubling aspects of human life today, from conflict, poverty and migration, to the place of the individual in modern urban society and consumer culture. Artes Mundi’s continued commitment to art that encourages us to think more deeply about the society we are part of is exemplary.”


David Anderson, Director General of National Museum Wales has said, “We’re delighted to be hosting the Artes Mundi international contemporary art prize and exhibition here at National Museum Cardiff. It is one of Europe’s most exciting contemporary visual art shows and I’m pleased to see the exhibition extended to another two venues, Ffotogallery, Penarth and Chapter in Canton who will also be exhibiting the shortlisted artists and putting art on the map across Cardiff this winter. I hope that visitors take the opportunity to visit the exhibition and enjoy the powerful stories told by these international artists.”


Notes to editors:


Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition and Prize – Press Preview: 23rd 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 | @artesmundi

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 Waterloo Foundation, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Myristica Trust, 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.



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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

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