Date posted: January 12, 2012

The Welsh artist, Tim Davies, has joined the Board of Artes Mundi, the UK’s largest visual art prize, which takes place every two years in Cardiff.

Davies is well known to fans of Artes Mundi as the only European artist shortlisted for the inaugural prize in 2004.  He represented Wales at the prestigious Venice Biennale last year and is Head of Fine Art at Swansea Metropolitan University.

Tim Davies is joining the Welsh arts charity at a busy time. The international shortlist for the fifth Artes Mundi Prize is due to be revealed at the end of January and preparations for the autumn exhibition at the new National Museum of Art in Cardiff are already getting under way.  He commented:

“I am thrilled to become part of an organisation with such an outstanding record – not only promoting contemporary visual art in Wales but also building Wales’s cultural standing on the world stage.”

William Wilkins, Chairman of Artes Mundi, added:

“I am delighted that Tim Davies has agreed to join us.  As one of Wales’s best known and most distinguished artists, his experience and knowledge of the visual arts and of arts education in Wales will be invaluable to us.”

One of the largest art prizes in the world, Artes Mundi was established in 2002. It is a contemporary visual arts initiative that gives greater visibility to socially-engaged artists and recognises them on a truly international platform.

Ben Borthwick, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, who joined Artes Mundi from Tate Modern in 2010, said:

“Artists are at the centre of everything Artes Mundi does so the recruitment of Tim Davies as a trustee is an important step forward.  Crucially, at a time of development for Artes Mundi’s activity and ambitions, he brings to the board the experience and insight of being shortlisted for the prize himself.”



For further information contact:

Carl Grainger

Artes Mundi, St John’s Chambers, High Street Arcade, Cardiff  CF10 1BD
tel: + 44 (0)29 2055 5300 or carl.grainger@artesmundi.org



Editor’s Notes:

The Artes Mundi 5 Exhibition will be presented for 14 weeks at the National Museum of Art from October 2012.

The Artes Mundi 5 Prize will be awarded in November 2012.

Artes Mundi is an international arts organisation based in Wales. 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.

Every two years, working with artists, galleries, art institutions, curators and the British Council, Artes Mundi seeks nominations of artists known in their own country or region but who are still gaining wider international recognition.  Two independent selectors review the nominations and select six artists for the biennial exhibition and prize.

The 14 week exhibition features a body of work from each of the shortlisted artists and takes place at the National Museum of Art in Cardiff.  A separate panel of five judges awards the Artes Mundi Prize which is one of the world’s largest cash prizes in the visual arts.  From 2012, Artes Mundi will award £40,000 to the winner and £4,000 each to the other shortlisted artists. A new partnership with Mostyn will also see one of the shortlisted artists present a solo show the year after the exhibition.

The first four Artes Mundi Exhibitions have been a popular success with diverse audiences and, particularly, with young people.  Public and curatorial events and education programmes are offered in Wales during each biennial and further touring and commissioning strands are being developed.

In 2010 the Artes Mundi 4 Prize was awarded to Yael Bartana who went on to represent Poland at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The first Artes Mundi Prize was awarded in 2004 to Xu Bing, a Chinese born artist living in New York. In 2006 the Artes Mundi 2 Prize was awarded to the Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and in 2008 to the Indian artist NS Harsha.

Artes Mundi is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and by Cardiff City Council.




Wales’s National Museum of Art


Wales’s National Museum of Art opened on 9 July 2011, showcasing the full range of the nation’s world-class art collection under one roof at National Museum Cardiff. For the first time, the National Museum’s mix of fine and applied art, from the historic to the contemporary, is shown in a single series of integrated galleries, giving a new visibility to art in Wales and to the art of Wales.

The West Wing – six impressive new contemporary art galleries – is the biggest space of its kind in Wales. Previously, the Museum had only one gallery to display its range of modern and contemporary art, which is one of theUK’s most important collections. This development gives the Museum nearly 800 square metres more space to show the strength and range of art produced inWalessince the 1950s, and how this relates to the international scene.

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