James Richards to represent Wales at the 57th Venice Biennale

Welsh artist James Richards has been selected to represent his country at the 57th Venice Biennale. The news was announced by the Art Council of Wales. James Richards creates installations from videos, sounds and images borrowed from other artists or from archives, producing lively immersive spaces. He lives and works in Berlin. During the 2013 Venice Biennale, one of his works was shown at the Encyclopaedic Palace curated by Massimiliano Gioni. In 2012, James Richards won the Jarman Award, a prize recognising a video work, and he was also nominated for the Turner Prize in 2014. The artist declares that he is “surprised” and “excited” by the news, while also impatient to start working on a new work for the event. The 57th Venice Biennale will be opening from 13 May 2017 to 26...

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Finalists of Artes Mundi 6 Prize announced

Cardiff, 17 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 12 December 2013, Karen MacKinnon, the Director of Artes Mundi, revealed the ten finalists for this edition of the prize. The winner is to be announced on 22 January 2015 after the seventeen-week-long exhibition of the finalists’ work, which is to begin in Cardiff in later 2014. Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (England), Omer Fast (Israel), Theaster Gates (United States), Sanja Ivekovic (Croatia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Sharon Lockhart (United States), Renata Lucas (Brazil) and Renzo Martens (the Netherlands) have been selected from 800 candidates who applied from 70 different countries. Artes Mundi awards £40,000 to the winner, and is one of the best-known art prizes in the United Kingdom. The judging panel consists of Karen MacKinnon, the competition’s new director and curator, Adam Budak, independent curator, and Sabine Schaschl, director and curator of the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich. The exhibition of the Artes Mundi 6 Prize, is to take place from 25 October 2014 until 22 January 2015, in different venues across...

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Visions of Mughal India at Cardiff’s National Museum

Cardiff, 27 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Cardiff’s National Museum is currently presenting an exhibition entitled “Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin”, to run until 3 November 2013. The artist Howard Hodgkin was a collector who focused his attention on Indian painting. His collection is considered to be one of the finest of the genre. The presentation represents one stop on a touring show which has so far been featured at several institutions including the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Drawings and paintings illustrate epics, myths, royal portraits or depictions of hunting or courtly life, as well as a vast selection of elephants. The exhibition offers a representative sample of Indian court paintings — a genre which flourished during the Mughal period which lasted from 1550 to...

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Record attendance at Welsh museums

Cardiff, 10 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Throughout the past twelve months, 1.75 million visitors strode across the museums of Wales, an attendance 9% above what was estimated. 50,000 additional visitors went through the museums of Wales during this period. Among all the institutions, four reported new record attendances (the National Museum in Cardiff, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, the National Wool Museum in Dre-fach Felindre and the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon). The National Museum in Cardiff changed its collection and its exhibition programme, and welcomed 477,399 visitors, an increase of 29% over the past two years. The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea saw its attendance increase by 6% with 271,452 visitors, thanks to the renewal of its programming. “In 2012, we celebrated 1.69 million visits as the highest total ever recorded since free entry was introduced in April 2001,” explained David Anderson, the general director of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum...

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MOSTYN’s new programme. Interview with Alfredo Cramerotti and Adam Carr

Llandudno (Wales), 22 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Having been established in 1902, MOSTYN not only has an impressive history, it is furthermore today’s leading publicly funded contemporary art gallery in Wales. The gallery offers a wide and varied programme – including exhibitions, lectures, symposiums and learning programmes – to its public and by this plays an active role in discussing contemporary culture around Wales, the UK and beyond. As several new exhibitions and special programmes have been planned, 2013 promises to be an exciting year for MOSTYN and its visitors. Art Media Agency met with the gallery’s director Alfredo Cramerotti and his curator Adam Carr to find out more about their programme. Till 14 April 2013 you are featuring the 18th edition of “MOSTYN Open”. Can you explain what “Mostyn Open” is about? Adam Carr, Alfredo Cramerotti: “MOSTYN Open” is a long-standing tradition at the institution which occurs every two years. It functions as a call-out to artists of any age and residing place to enter, with an exhibition of the selected artworks taking place at MOSTYN, and a prize awarded to a single artist or collective. The selectors for the 18th edition, which is currently shown at MOSTYN, have been Ryan Gander, Alfredo Cramerotti, and Adam Carr. This edition brings a fundamental adjustment to the manner in which the open operates and as means to reflect on structure of the Open itself. A prize of £1,000 will be given to the People’s Choice which will be determined by the artist who receives the most votes from you, the visiting public, during the exhibition’s run. In doing so, the questions that are raised, and central to this renewed edition, are: How do we examine and judge artwork? What criteria do we bring to perceiving, interpreting and understanding artwork?...

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