John Akomfrah and Bedwyr Williams among shortlist for ‘UK’s Premier Contemporary Art Prize’ – Artes Mundi 7

Following the success of Artes Mundi 6, awarded to Theaster Gates earlier this year, Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the shortlist for the seventh edition of the UK’s leading biennial art prize, Artes Mundi 7. The winner of the prestigious £40,000 Cardiff based Artes Mundi prize will be announced in January 2017 following a four month exhibition of works by the shortlists artists. The shortlist was selected from over 700 nominations spanning 90 countries and includes seven of world’s most celebrated contemporary artists. They are:





The Artes Mundi 7 shortlist will take part in a major exhibition of formative and new works which will run from 21st October 2016 to February 26th 2017 at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter, Cardiff. For Artes Mundi 7 there will also be an extended programme across the city in partnership with other organisations.

Artes Mundi 7 selectors,  Elise Atangana, an independent curator based in Paris and Cameroon; Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Marie Muracciole, Director of the Beirut Art Centre,  looked for artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and explore contemporary social issues across the globe.

Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi’s Director and Curator, said This group of seven artists bring unique perspectives with work that comments on what it means to be human in contemporary society. Whether their work is introspective and deeply personal or whether it comments and engages with broader social and cultural issues through their unique practices; each artist demonstrates the importance and usefulness of art and culture in our everyday lives as it challenges our preconceptions and gives us new ways of engaging with the world around us. 


UK’s premier contemporary art prize” – The Guardian

Works that reflect the rich variety of global cultures expressed through a wide range of ideas.” – The Times

“The standard is high” –  The Sunday Times

“Why can’t the Turner Prize be like this?” – Karen Wright, The Independent

“The critical reaction to the open and innovative nature of Artes Mundi has been as positive as the response to this year’s Turner Prize was negative, suggesting that the one-time bad boy of contemporary art prizes is being shown a thing or two” –  Will Gompertz, BBC News at Ten

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