The winner of the ‘MAC International 2018’ award is set to announced this week. This award is the biggest contemporary art prize in Ireland and one of the most significant prizes in the UK. The award offers professional artists across the world the opportunity to exhibit at the MAC, as well as a prize fund of £20,000 for the overall winner. 

Chosen from more than 800 submissions the shortlist includes artists from Ireland, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Canada, USA, Palestine, Austria, France and Turkey, working across a range of mediums including photography, film, installation, sculpture and drawing.

MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast. Now in its third edition, MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitions art practices from across the world. The exhibition will run from 9 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.

The MAC International Prize 2018 of £20,000 will be awarded at the exhibition preview on 8 November to the artist judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the exhibition.

Previous winners of the MAC International prize are Mairéad McClean (2014) and Jasmina Cibic (2016).

The judges for the MAC International Ulster Bank Prize 2018 are Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator at the MAC Belfast; Anne Barlow, Director at Tate St Ives; and Başak Şenova, Curator, CrossSections (Vienna, Helsinki and Stockholm). 

Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator at the MAC, on making the announcement said: “We are incredibly excited to reveal the shortlist for the MAC International. It is an exceptionally strong cohort of artists, all of whom are making diverse and challenging work. The artists represented this year individually and collectively contribute to a critical understanding and discourse around an expanded view of contemporary art and the question of art’s context in the world today, and I am confident their work will find a receptive audience in Belfast.”

The 13 artists shortlisted for the MAC International Prize 2018 are:

  • Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Romania 
  • Ali Cherri, Lebanon 
  • Larissa Fassler, Canada 
  • Nikolaus Gansterer, Austria 
  • Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi & Simone Trabucchi), Italy
  • Ronan McCrea, Dublin 
  • Aisling O’Beirn, N Ireland
  • Vesna Pavlović, Serbia 
  • Renata Poljak, Croatia 
  • Larissa Sansour, Palestine 
  • Özge Topçu, Turkey

Best of luck everyone!

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