Cardiff-based arts organisation Artes Mundi presents a world-renowned programme of international contemporary visual art that seeks to enrich the cultural and educational life of Wales and its people, as well as build cultural bridges between Wales and the wider world.

Best known for its biennial exhibition and prize, Artes Mundi has hosted 6 major international exhibitions since 2002, and recently announced the shortlist for Artes Mundi 7, which takes place at National Museum Cardiff and the Chapter Gallery from 21 October – 26 February 2017.

Arts of the World

Artes Mundi, which is Latin for ‘Arts of the World’, is a truly international prize. Previous winners include the likes of Chicago-based visual and performance artist Theaster Gates and Chinese printmaker and installation artist Xu Bing.

This year’s line up is no exception with French-Algerian video installation artist Neïl Beloufa, Welsh multimedia artist Bedwyr Williams, Lebanese visual artist Lamia Joreige, renowned UK artist John Akomfrah OBE, African artist Nástio Mosquito and founder of Californian collective Futurefarmers Amy Franceschini all making the shortlist.

Artes Mundi’s nomination and shortlisting process is open to artists from across the world. More than 700 nominations were received for Artes Mundi 7 and, after careful consideration by three independent curators, the shortlisted artists will have their work shown in a public exhibition, before an international panel of judges chooses the overall winner of the £40,000 prize.

Artes Mundi 6: Theaster Gates

In these interview films, Artes Mundi 6 winner Theaster Gates tells us more about his work and his prize-winning installation, which challenges the dominance of Christian ideology in the western world. Gates opted to share the prize money with his fellow nominees.

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