April 14, 2008 - Artes Mundi - Conference: Contemporary artists & global climate change
April 14, 2008

Conference: Contemporary artists & global climate change

HAVOC 2007
Susan Norrie

Climate Change – Gauging the temperature
Artes Mundi 3 conference on the way visual artists respond to the issue of global climate change with public lecture by Xu Bing
23rd & 24th April 2008

Cardiff, Wales


Artes Mundi and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) present a two day conference for those interested in the visual arts, discussing the response of visual artists to the challenge of global climate change. Speakers will include Artes Mundi 3 artists Dalziel + Scullion, Susan Norrie and Abdoulaye Konaté who all address issues of the environment and of climate change in their work. Xu Bing, in Cardiff as a judge for the Artes Mundi 3 Prize, will give a special public lecture.

The conference will be chaired by Peter Gingold, Executive Director of Tipping Point. It features talks by Professor Michael Bruford, a specialist in bio-diversity; Stephen Powell, Commissioning Editor of the Schumacher Briefings, George Marshall, Director of the Climate Outreach and Information Network and David Buckland, artist and Director of the Cape Farewell Project. The speakers will be joined by other Artes Mundi shortlisted artists in open and panel discussions.

For the evening lecture on the 23rd April, Chinese artist Xu Bing will discuss his recent work and ideas. Xu Bing won the first Artes Mundi Prize in 2004 for his haunting installation Where does the dust itself collect (2004). He is a judge for the third Artes Mundi Prize, which will be awarded on 24th April 2008, and he was recently appointed Vice President of the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

His lecture is open to all. Admission is free.

For more information on the conference, registration and the public talk by Xu Bing visit www.artesmundi.org

The Artes Mundi 3 Prize, worth 40,000 GBP, will be awarded on 24 April. The nine artists shortlisted are Lida Abdul, Vasco Araújo, Mircea Cantor, Dalziel + Scullion, N.S. Harsha, Abdoulaye Konaté, Susan Norrie and Rosângela Rennó. The prize awarding is sponsored by St David’s 2.

Artes Mundi 3 exhibition runs to 8 June 2008 at National Museum Cardiff and features bodies of work by the nine shortlisted artists. The exhibition features new works not seen before by Araújo, Harsha and Konaté.

Artes Mundi organises a two year programme of art, education and work in communities which culminates in the Artes Mundi Exhibition and Prize.

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National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff,
Wales, UK CF10 3NP

+44 (0)2920 397 951
Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays
Admission Free

Artes Mundi core supporters: Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff Council, Arts Council of Wales, BBC Wales, National Museum Wales and The Derek Williams Trust.

Artes Mundi 3 principal sponsor: St Davids 2
Artes Mundi 3 major sponsors: Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Gerald Eve and Arts & Business.

Media partners: Western Mail and Sky Arts

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