Welsh Art Contest Has from around the World Drawn around 480 Nominations but Not One Finalist Is from Wales
Byline: Tim Lewis
ARTISTS from across the world have been shortlisted for the UK's biggest contemporary art prize.
No Welsh artists have made the final list for the Artes Mundi award, which has a prize of pounds 40,000 and will be announced at an award ceremony in Cardiff next May.
But those from Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Russia and Taiwan have.
The eight finalists for the Artes Mundi contemporary arts prize were revealed by independent curator and art critic Viktor Misiano, who was also one of the shortlist selectors.
He was formerly curator at the Pushkin State Museum and is a former director of the Contemporary Arts Centre in Moscow. He judged the entrants along with Levent Ialikoglu of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
More than 480 nominations were received for the prize from more than 80 countries.
Artes Mundi was launched in Wales in 2003 and works in partnership with the National Museum of Wales. It was founded by Welsh artist William Wilkins, who wanted to see a visual arts competition from Wales having as much of a global impact as the Cardiff Singer of the World contest.
It has fast grown into one of the largest art prizes in the world and runs every two years, aiming to give greater coverage to international artists.
Tessa Jackson, founding artistic director of Artes Mundi, said: "The purpose of this prize is not only to recognise deserving talent, but also to introduce a wider range of artists to the British art scene, extending their reach and broadening our horizons.
"The strength of the work, in relation to its content and the referencing of cultures unfamiliar to many of us, provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore the world's art and artists."
The shortlisted artists will each show a body of work in a major exhibition at National Museum Cardiff from March 11 to June 6, 2010. A separate, independent panel of five judges will award the prize to one of the artists next May.
Mr Wilkins said: "With this prize, I wanted to bring the world to Wales and Wales to the world. The sourcing of fascinating artists from around the globe and the involvement of key international sponsors is a mark of how seriously this project is taken."
drawings and object-based works go beyond any appearance of the documentary.
The shortlisted artists are: Yael Bartana (Israel) Bartana creates complex visualisations with photography, film, video, sound and installation. Using documentation and re-enactments she moves between playfulness and seriousness. Born in Israel and now dividing her time between her homeland and Amsterdam, she often focuses upon Israel and the Israeli situation. the collapse of the Soviet Union. …