Nigel Prince appointed Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize

Date posted: May 1, 2019

Nigel Prince, currently Executive Director at Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, has been appointed Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize. He will take up the position in September as Artes Mundi enters its ninth cycle.

Prince has been working as an international curator for over twenty-five years and has been Executive Director at CAG since 2011. There he has been responsible for a period of unprecedented growth and strategic development resulting in a complete reinvigoration of the institution including an expansion of its exhibition programme; management of its collection; the founding of a comprehensive series of education work through outreach projects, public programmes and learning opportunities; extensions to the facility, and attracting a significant and diverse range of new funders and audiences.

Previously he was Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004-2010), and worked on founding International Project Space (IPS) also in Birmingham. Prince began his career at Tate Liverpool and alongside curatorial work has held several academic and research posts including Course Director at Birmingham City University (1997 – 2002). His work with contemporary artists is extensive including Ryan Gander, Andrea Zittel, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Shahzia Sikander, Liz Magor, Steven Shearer and Ayşe Erkmen amongst many others, and includes a vital range of partnerships with institutions including Ballet BC, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and museums and galleries world-wide. His exhibition with Cuban artist Carmen Herrera in 2009 was critically heralded as the “discovery of the decade” by The Guardian/ Observer and The New York Times. Prince has written about contemporary art for a wide range of publications and journals, most recently contributing essays to monographs on Lucy and Jorge Orta and Julia Dault.

Mathew Prichard CBE, Chairman of Artes Mundi said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nigel as Director & Curator at Artes Mundi. Nigel brings a wealth of experience across a highly distinguished international career and we are very much looking forward to Nigel leading us into Artes Mundi 9 and beyond”

Nigel Prince said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Artes Mundi. I look forward to developing both locally connected and globally relevant projects in Cardiff and beyond. As an organisation which combines a major UK biennial exhibition and art prize with a year-round program of public and community outreach, commissions and partnership exhibitions, the importance of its role in creating space for people to engage with the vital issues of our time is necessary now more than ever.”

Since being in Canada Prince has served as a jury member on a number of awards including the Sobey Art Award (2019); the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curator and Emerging Artist (2019); the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards (2013); RBC Canadian Painting Award (2012); plus consultancy and advocacy roles including as a founding member of the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council. In the UK he was arts advisor to Arts Council England (1993-98) and was Chair for the conference: New Thinking in Public Art: Habitat, Community, Environment, Tate Britain (2004).


Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is committed to supporting groundbreaking contemporary visual artists from around the world whose work engages with social reality, lived experience and the human condition. Artes Mundi is best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which takes place in Cardiff. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.

In January 2019 Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul was awarded the prize for Artes Mundi 8. Previous winners were Xu Bing (2004), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006), NS Harsha (2008) and Yael Bartana (2010), Teresa Margolles (2012), Theaster Gates (2014) and John Akomfrah (2018).

The Artes Mundi 9 exhibition and prize will take place at National Museum Cardiff from late 2020. Nominations are currently open for Artes Mundi 9, for full details and to nominate visit

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