Wales

Chicago artist takes home £40,000 Artes Mundi prize

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Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has won the coveted Artes Mundi 6 award in Cardiff.

Gates beat nine other nominees to take home the £40,000 prize - the largest award for the arts in the UK.

The other nominees were from 70 countries including Portugal, Israel and Iceland, and were shortlisted from more than 800 entries.

First Minister Carwyn Jones presented Gates with his prize at the National Museum Cardiff on Thursday night.

The winning installation, A Complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth, or When We Believe, is a series of symbolic objects that the artist says challenges the dominance of Christian ideology in the western world.

Gates said he was "grateful" to Artes Mundi for the global platform to "expand the context" of his work.

Artes Mundi director Karen Mackinnon said Gates stood out for "his ability to be not just an artist but an urbanist, a facilitator and a curator".

Held every two years, Artes Mundi was founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins and supports contemporary visual artists from around the world who are still gaining international recognition.

Image copyright Artes Mundi/Renata Lucas
Image caption One of the shortlist entries was Falha (Failure) by Renata Lucas
Image copyright Artes Mundi/Ragnar Kjartansson
Image caption The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson was another contender for this year's award
Image copyright Artes Mundi/Sanja Ivekovic
Image caption The Disobedient Revolutionaries by Sanja Ivekovic

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