Here are the reasons why you should be interested in Artes Mundi. It’s the biggest cash prize offered to international (‘Artes Mundi’: Art of the World) contemporary artists by any UK organisation: the winner gets £40,000 and the other exhibitors receive £4,000 each. As it’s happening in Cardiff, it’s a good reason to see some great art outside of London.
What’s it about?
This year the theme broadly looks at IDENTITY. This concept is often the basis for most artists’ practices, so it normally doesn’t sound attractive to curators and art critics as a theme. But, this time the art works well. The manifestation of the theme reveals different things about the art and the artist involved – be it, external representations of identity in a physical location (Apolonija Šuštersič, Sheela Gowda) or how most people would perceive the term identity, in its most ‘conventional’ form (Phil Collins).
Where and when can I see it?
At the National Museum of Wales. Tuesday to Sunday from 6 October – 13 January 2013
Installation shot of Artes Mundi 2012 showing Sheela Gowda, Kagebangara, 2007
Image Credit: Wales News Service