Artes Mundi 7 Selectors Announced

Date posted: April 20, 2015

Artes Mundi 7 selectors announced

Artes Mundi 7 Prize and Exhibition

2016-2017, Cardiff, Wales, UK


Artes Mundi, the UK’s leading international art prize, has announced the panel of independent selectors for the 7th edition of the widely acclaimed Artes Mundi exhibition and prize.


The selectors for Artes Mundi 7 are Elise Atangana, freelance curator based in Paris and Cameroon; Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Marie Muracciole, Beirut Art Centre Director. All three selectors will travel to Cardiff to review the artist nominations and select a shortlist of up to 9 artists for the Artes Mundi 7 exhibition in October 2016.


Artes Mundi is currently inviting nominations for Artes Mundi 7 from individuals working within the global arts community including curators, artists, writers, critics, gallerists and art historians.


Nominations can be for artists of any age, from anywhere in the world, who are actively making work and are already well known in their own country or region. The artists will usually have some experience of exhibiting on the international art scene, whether they are just emerging or firmly established.


Artes Mundi was established in 2002 as an exhibition and prize which explores “the human condition”.  To be shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize artists must create work that directly engages with people’s everyday lives and experiences, exploring contemporary social issues from across the globe in a way that resonates both locally and internationally.

Artes Mundi 7 will take place in venues across Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, from late 2016 to early 2017 and the winning artist will receive a prize of £40,000.  The shortlisted artists will also be eligible for the £30,000 Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award that enables National Museum Wales to purchase or commission a work from one of them.


In January 2015 Chicago based artist, Theaster Gates won the Artes Mundi 6 Prize.  Previous winners are Teresa Margolles (2012), Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006) and Xu Bing (2004).


The winner of the Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award this year was Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Previous winners are Tania Bruguera, Olga Chernysheva, Lida Abdul, Mircea Cantor, Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg and Bernie Searle.


Nominations for Artes Mundi 7 should be submitted via and should include:


  • A brief explanation of why the artist is felt to be a suitable candidate for the Artes Mundi Prize.
  • Links to the websites (up to 4 sites) which contain information about the artist and examples of their work
  • Contact details for both the artist and the nominator
  • The artist’s nationality


All nominations must be received by 24:00 GMT on 15th May 2015.


For all enquiries regarding the nomination process please contact the Artes Mundi office:


+44 (0) 29 2055 5300



Notes to Editors:

Elise Atangana

Elise Atangana is a freelance curator and producer based in Paris. She is curating “ENTRYPROHIBITED TO FORIGNERS” an international group show at Havremagasinet art centre in Boden, Sweden on June 6th 2015. She co-curated the international exhibition of 11thBiennale of Contemporary African Art of Dakar in 2014. Elise Atangana collaborated with the curator Elvira Dyangani Ose on the Rencontres Picha. Biennale de Lubumbashi 2012/2013.

In 2011, she was one of the founding members of the curatorial platform On The Roof. From 2003 to 2009 she collaborated with Simon Njami on various projects including Check List Luanda Pop at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), a selection of work by African artists at the 9th Havana Biennale (2006), the 1st Luanda Trienniale (2006). Meanwhile, since 2007 she works as a project and communication manager in the SNCF group (including 5 years at SNCF Foundation).


Alistair Hudson


Alistair Hudson was appointed the new Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in October last year.

For the last decade he was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.

Key projects in this time include Romantic Detachment, PS1/MoMA, New York; Happystacking, China, Instituto Mechanicos, Sao Paulo Biennale, the development of the Coniston Mechanics Institute, Cumbria and Confessions of the Imperfect: 1848 – 1989 – Now at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

He is co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera and a jury member for the 2015 Turner Prize.

Marie Muracciole

Marie Muracciole is an art critic. After working as a programmer and independent curator, she has been appointed head of the Beirut Art Center. She contributes to Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, and les Cahiers du Musée d’art moderne, Paris. She is the French editor of Allan Sekula’s writing published by Ensba, Paris and is preparing a retrospective exhibition of his work.

Her recent exhibitions include Mécaniques des Fluides, at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan; Allan Sekula: Disassembled Movies, 1972-2012, at Akbank, Istanbul; Riffs, Yto Barrada, at Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin; Wiels Bruxelles; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Ikon, Birmingham; Macro, Rome; and Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2011-2012).

Karen Mackinnon

Karen MacKinnon was appointed Director & Curator of Artes Mundi in 2013. As an international curator based in Wales, MacKinnon has worked with influential arts organisations for the past sixteen years, including Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2005 she was appointed as Curator for the Venice Biennale.

During the length of her career, MacKinnon has organised both contemporary and historical exhibitions and has developed a particular interest in socially engaged practice. She has curated solo exhibitions artists, including: Orlan, Tim Davies, Bedwyr Williams, Shimabuku, Sue Williams, Nick Crowe and Rut Blues Luxembourg and has worked with many artists including Mark Wallinger, Phil Collins, Richard Billingham and Laura Ford.  In 2008 she co-curated with Maria Clara Bernal the exhibition Displaced: contemporary art from Colombia which showed the work of 15 artists including artists such as Oscar Munoz, Jose Alejandro Restrepo and Maria Elvira Escalon.  Group exhibitions include Somewhere Else – Wales at the Venice Biennale.

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