Artes Mundi

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Artes Mundi (Latin: arts of the world) is an international biennial contemporary art exhibition and prize, held in Wales and organised by a non-profit arts charity of the same name.


Since 2003 the Artes Mundi art prize has been held every two years at the National Museum Cardiff. The prize is the biggest art prize in the United Kingdom with £40,000 for each year’s winner.[1] Though the prize has included artists who use traditional media, like paint, this is usually only part of their practice, with the focus being very much on conceptual approaches. Though the exhibition takes place in Cardiff, the focus is on international artists.[2][3]

In 2014/15 Artes Mundi 6 expanded beyond the National Museum and shared the exhibition of shortlisted works with Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, and Turner House Gallery, Penarth.[4]


Artes Mundi was founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins.[5] Its founding Artistic Director and CEO was Tessa Jackson, formerly the Director of the Scottish Arts Council. In 2010, Ben Borthwick was appointed Artistic Director and CEO, after Jackson left to take the helm at InIVA. Borthwick's previous role was as Assistant Curator at Tate Modern. In 2013 the director became Karen MacKinnon, formerly of the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea and Chapter, Cardiff.[6] In 2019, Nigel Prince was announced the new Director, leaving his post as Executive Director at Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver [7]

Prize winners[edit]


  1. ^ Chamberlain, Laura (10 October 2012). "BBC Blogs - Wales - Artes Mundi 5 at the National Museum of Art, Cardiff". BBC Wales. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ Simpson, Penny (1 November 2012). "Artes Mundi 5". Wales Arts Review. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  3. ^ "Artes Mundi". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  4. ^ Crichton-Miller, Emma (13 November 2014). "Artes Mundi: international art in Cardiff". Apollo Magazine. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio (2010-06-23). "Tate's Ben Borthwick Appointed CEO and Artistic Director of Artes Mundi". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  6. ^ "Artes Mundi announce Karen MacKinnon as new Director". Artes Mundi. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  7. ^ "Nigel Prince announced new Director of Artes Mundi". Artes Mundi. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  8. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 1". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  9. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 2". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  10. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 3". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  11. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 4". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  12. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 5". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  13. ^ Brown, Mark (29 November 2012). "Teresa Margolles wins Artes Mundi prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  14. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 6". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  15. ^ Price, Karen (22 January 2015) "Artes Mundi 6: Chicago artist Theaster Gates wins £40k prize... and vows to share winnings with fellow finalists", Wales Online. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Artes Mundi - Artes Mundi 7". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  17. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (26 January 2017). "John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize and attacks UK's intolerance | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  18. ^ "Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of Artes Mundi 8". Retrieved 2019-01-29.

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