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Artes Mundi

Artes Mundi 2006 follows on from the success two years ago of the first Artes Mundi exhibition. With a fresh selection of artists, it continues to celebrate visual culture from across the world. The eight shortlisted artists are all concerned with ideas of the human form or the human condition. They have been chosen by two international curators, Deepak Ananth from India and Ivo Mesquita from Brazil, and the artists come from as far afield as Taiwan and Argentina.

Artes Mundi celebrates some of the world's most significant artists working today, reflecting their worlds and cultures. The exhibition comprises large paintings, humorous drawings, compelling photographic images as well as fictional films of human drama or documentary discussion. Each artist comments on society in a different way, with different materials – whether it is to reflect upon a sense of home and place, human relationships and the elementary emotions of love and anger, or on the thoughts of anonymous individuals, who live on the periphery of mainstream society.

At the end of March 2006 five eminent international judges decide on the recipient for the £40,000 prize, one of the world's largest prizes to an individual artist. A further £30,000 is being made available to acquire works for the national collection.

Artes Mundi is accompanied by a lively public and educational events programme and a series of programmes broadcast by BBC Wales.

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