CLOSED: Open call for nominations for Artes Mundi 9

Date posted: March 29, 2019

Deadline: Monday 17th June, 5pm GMT

Nominations can be for artists of any age working in any medium from anywhere in the world. They must be making and exhibiting work and should already be well-known in the country or region in which they live and work.  The nominated artist will also be gaining or have established an international reputation for their work. There is also no limit to how many artists you can nominate.

Artes Mundi was established in 2002 as an exhibition and prize which explores “the human condition”. To be shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize artists must create work that directly engages with people’s everyday lives and experiences, exploring contemporary social issues from across the globe in a way that resonates both locally and internationally. Every nomination received will be reviewed by a panel of independent selectors who will choose a shortlist of artists to take part in the biennial exhibition.

We are delighted to announce Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director and Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Director, The Showroom, London) and Rachel Kent (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia) as the selectors for Artes Mundi 9.

Artes Mundi 9 will take place in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, from late 2020 to early 2021 and the winning artist will receive a prize of 40,000 GBP.

In January 2019, Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Artes Mundi 8 Prize and said: “This is a special day and I feel very honoured. I was already grateful to be shortlisted in the company of such inspiring and impressive artists, but to be named winner is quite a surprise.

In a shared statement, the Artes Mundi 8 jury said: “When times are tough it is sometimes not safe to talk about politics explicitly and Apichatpong Weerasethakul provides us with some subtle tools of resistance: the methodology of camouflage demonstrated in Invisibility is a powerful weapon in these turbulent times. While in the west Weerasethakul is better known as a feature film director, the jury wished to pay homage to the vigorous interrogation in his gallery work of filmmaking, storytelling and the political and social position of the artist.”

The Artes Mundi 8 jury were Oliver Basciano, International Editor, ArtReview; Laura Raicovich, independent curator based in New York City; Mami Kataoka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Anthony Shapland, Creative Director, g39, Cardiff.

Nominations for Artes Mundi 9 can be made by curators, artists, writers, critics, gallerists, art historians, or by any member of the public who is involved in or interested in the visual arts.


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Notes to Editors:

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.

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


Previous winners of the Artes Mundi Prize

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2019), John Akomfrah (2017), Theaster Gates (2015), Teresa Margolles (2012), Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006) and Xu Bing (2004).

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