My nominations for Artes Mundi Prize 2016

Jenny Saville-''Reverse'', 2003

Jenny Saville-”Reverse”, 2003

One of the most important international art prizes is awarded every two years by the National Museum Wales, Cardiff.

Some days ago I was invited by Jane Hughes-Wynn, Marketing and Communications Officer, to make my own nominations for the 7th edition of Artes Mundi Prize, which will take place in venues across Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, from late 2016 to early 2017( the winning artist will receive a prize of £40,000).
The shortlisted artists will also be eligible for the £30,000 Derek Williams Trust Award, that enables National Museum Wales to purchase or commission a work from one of them.

The Romanian visual artist, Mircea Cantor, was nominated in 2008 on the short list.

My nominations for Artes Mundi 7 are:

Jenny Saville (United Kingdom)

If you want freedom

Tracey Tawhiao (New Zealand)


Mircea Roman (Romania)


Here is the invitation I received to nominate some of the artists I like for Artes Mundi 7:

Dear Constantin Severin,

Artes Mundi is currently seeking nominations for the next iteration of its exhibition and prize, Artes Mundi 7. The nominations will close on May 15th 2015.

We invite you to nominate any contemporary visual artist you feel fulfils the requirements set out below:

Nominations can be for contemporary visual 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.

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.

To nominate an artist (or multiple artists) please visit :

The Artes Mundi 7 Exhibition will be held in venues across Cardiff from October 2016 to February 2017.

If you would like to nominate but are unable to complete the nominations form please email with the artist’s names and websites that you wish nominate.

Please feel free to share this call for nominations amongst your networks.

Yours faithfully
Jane Hughes-Wynn

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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