Artes Mundi 8 - Open call for nominations

Nominations are now being invited for the Artes Mundi 8 Exhibition and Prize. Nominations can be for artists of any age, from anywhere in the world. The artists must be currently active, making work, and should already be well known in their own country or region. Usually they will have some experience of exhibiting internationally, 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. Every nomination received will be reviewed by a panel of independent selectors who will choose a shortlist of artists to take part in the biennial exhibition.

Artes Mundi 8 will take place in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, from late 2018 to early 2019. The winning artist will receive a prize of £40,000.

In January 2017, the British artist John Akomfrah won the Artes Mundi 7 Prize. Upon receiving the prize the artist said:

'I am absolutely touched by this and enormously grateful for the chance it offers to finally finish off something I have been planning for over a decade. Over the years, Artes Mundi has chosen some very brilliant artists for this award: all were important artists doing challenging and engaged work, and to join that group is a huge honour and responsibility.'

Nominations for Artes Mundi 8 can be made by curators, artists, writers, critics, gallerists, art historians, or by anybody who is involved in or interested in the visual arts. But they must be made through the Artes Mundi website at

The deadline for nominations is 5pm, Monday 15 May 2017.