Monday, 3 April 2006

Eija-Liisa Ahtila wins Artes Mundi

Welsh Dragon
Who? What? To answer the who first: she's a Finn from Helsinki who dabbles in amateur video. The what: Artes Mundi means "arts of the world", a new visual arts prize worth £40,000 awarded every two years, its aim to establish Wales as a "pioneer" in the support of the arts. Oh dear! Not content with its National Eisteddfod, which is Europe's largest cultural festival, the Welsh dragon has committed itself to outdoing the £25,000 Turner Prize. Oh dear, oh dear! Its first winner, in 2004, was Xu Bing, who did something vaguely artistic with dust from Ground Zero. You can view the works shortlisted for the 2006 Artes Mundi award at the National Museum of Wales until 7 May.


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