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23 January 2015

Theaster Gates wins Artes Mundi 6

Chicago-based, contemporary-artist Theaster Gates has been chosen from a shortlist of 10 of the world’s leading artists to win the UK’s leading prize for international contemporary art, Artes Mundi 6.

Last night the Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales announced Theaster Gates as the winner of the biannual award, with a prize sum of £40,000, at a ceremony held at National Museum Cardiff.

Theaster Gates upon accepting the award decided to split the prize amongst his fellow shortlisted artists.

Gates’s multi-faceted practice encompasses social activism, urban regeneration and community development in economically-deprived areas of South Side Chicago, St Louis and Omaha.

Theaster Gate’s winning piece alongside the other shortlisted works are on display at National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and Ffotogallery, Penarth, until 22 February.