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Welsh art prize entrants revealed
Sue Williams explores notions of gender, sexuality and desire

An artist from Cardiff is included on the shortlist for a major Welsh-backed international visual arts prize.

Sue Williams, who is originally from Cornwall, is the only UK artist selected for the Artes Mundi award.

Eight artists from around the world whose work explores the human form and condition have been nominated.

In 2004 the first 40,000 Artes Mundi prize went to a Chinese artist whose work was made from dust collected on New York's streets after 9/11.

Nominations for the Artes Mundi, one of the world's biggest arts prizes, include artists who have showcased on the international stage at events like the Venice Biennale, Documenta XI and the Sao Paolo Biennale.

2006 ARTES MUNDI SHORTLIST
Untitled - taken from work Possibly Talking about the same thing (copyright Dias  & Riedweg)
Eija-Liisa Ahtila from Helsinki
Thomas Demand from Berlin
Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg, Brazilian and Swiss artists
Leandro Erlich from Buenos Aires
Subodh Gupta from New Delhi.
Sue Williams from Cornwall, now living in Wales
Wu Chi-Tsung from Taipei

International curators Deepak Ananth - a Paris-based Indian art historian - and Brazilian critic and writer Ivo Mesquita, a leading figure in the Latin American art world, made the shortlist selection.

The eventual winner of the biennial prize will be announced on 31 March, 2006.

All the exhibits from the eight selected artists will be on show at the National Museum and Gallery in Cardiff from 11 February to 7 May 2006.

The prize is funded by a number of Welsh organisations, including the Welsh assembly, the Arts Council of Wales and the National Museums & Galleries of Wales.

The judging panel is made up of five internationally renowned artists and curators drawn from Italy, Wales and the US - Paolo Colombo, Jenni Spencer-Davies, Thelma Golden, Gerardo Mosquera and Cai Guo-Qiang.

The eight shortlisted artists were chosen from over 200 nominated artists from 59 countries.

Sue Williams' work is in a number of public collections, including the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and Swansea's Glyn Vivian Art Galley, as well as private collections in the UK and Europe.

She told BBC Radio Wales on Wednesday: "I'm very happy I've been selected and whatever happens now is a bonus."




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