Artes Mundi

So what?

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

Featured image:
Installation shot of Artes Mundi 2012 showing Sheela Gowda, Kagebangara, 2007
Image Credit: Wales News Service



  1. InterestedInArt · · Reply

    How does this differ from the Turner Prize?

    1. Hi there,

      The Turner Prize is a different prize – it’s awarded each year to a contemporary British artist working in the UK, who’s under 50. Even though each artist presents their work in a small ‘mini exhibition’ which is at Tate Britain, the prize goes to the artist who has had the most significant exhibition in the past 12 months.
      Artes Mundi is a great competition, and includes artists from all over the world. The prize money is much bigger and is more a recognition of a life’s work and practice.
      There is no difference in quality of the artworks or artists chosen!

      Thanks for your question! I’d be happy to answer anything other questions you have – follow me on twitter if you want more updates and links to interesting articles on @TalkCreativeC

      1. InterestedInArt · ·

        Thanks for your reply – that clears things up a lot.

        What are your thoughts on the entrants? Who do you think will win?

        And is the exhibition at the National Museum free? If not, how much does it cost??

        Will follow you on Twitter too.



  2. […] Artes Mundi is an exhibition currently on at the National Museum Cardiff. Artist Tania Bruguera uses art in order to address the politics of daily life. First performed at Tate Modern in London, Tatlin’s Whisper #5 (2008), is one of the unannounced events included by the artist as part of her entry to the exhibition. In this performance, Bruguera attempts to reach out to audiences by inviting them to participate in the performance. Therefore the artist does not represent politics, but political situations, as she told Kathy Noble in an interview for Frieze magazine in January 2012. […]

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