Bulgarian Shortlisted for UK Biggest Visual Arts Prize

Culture | October 8, 2009, Thursday // 16:00|  views

Bulgarian Ergin Cavusoglu is one of eight artists, who have been nominated for Artes Mundi, the UK's biggest visual arts prize, which is hosted in Wales, BBC reported.

Artists from Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Russia and Taiwan are shortlisted for the GBP 40,000 prize.

The 2009 competition - Latin for "Art of the world" - has attracted more than 480 nominations from more than 80 countries.

The artists will exhibit at National Museum Cardiff from 11 March - 6 June 2010, with the award given in May.

The shortlisted artists, including five from eastern Europe, have backgrounds in a range of media ranging from film and video to a south American artist who draws in Indian ink.

The award is presented in Cardiff every two years and is funded by a number of Welsh organisations, including the Welsh Assembly Government, the Arts Council of Wales and Cardiff Council.

Previous winners of the award have included Xu Bing, a Chinese artist whose work was made from dust collected on New York's streets after 9/11.

The competition, established in 2003, aims to seek "outstanding artists from around the world who stimulate our thinking on the human condition and humanity".

"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,“ says founding artistic director Tessa Jackson.

"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."

„With this prize I wanted to bring the world to Wales and Wales to the world.“ prize founder William Wilkins.

"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."

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