MAC launches largest contemporary art prize in Ireland
Northern Ireland arts venue, the MAC, has launched ‘MAC International 2016’, the largest contemporary art prize in Ireland.
The call for entrants to ‘MAC International 2016’ attracted almost 1,000 submissions. This entry is from Nikolas Ventourakis entitled Defining Lines
The shortlisted artists are from countries including Brazil, Iceland, France, the USA, the UK and Northern Ireland. This entry is from Frederic Huska, The Machines, 2014
Installation views of ‘Remediations’ Paço das Artes, São Paulo, 2014 is the entry from Beto Shwafaty. The winner of the competition will be announced at the opening ceremony on 27 October
An exhibition, running across all three MAC galleries from 27 October 2016 until 19 February 2017, will showcase the work of all the finalists . They include this piece from Hamza Halloubi, Un après-midi à Larache, 2015-2016
The £20,000 top prize is up for grabs. This piece is by Darren Harvey-Regan is entitled The Erratics
The artists now have three months to prepare their works for the upcoming exhibition which will be judged by a jury of international curators. This piece is by Ismar Cirkinagic, Ocean Europe
The international judging panel which shortlisted the artists included Katerina Gregos, art historian, curator, and writer from Brussels and Marta Dziewańska from the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The above piece is by Emma Talbot, called Unconscious Narrative
Angel de la Rubia
Hugh Mulholland, senior curator at the MAC and MAC International judge said it was "very difficult" to select just 18 artists from such "high quality submissions". One of those selected is Angel de la Rubia's TRANSITION(S).
Tourism Northern Ireland has funded MAC International as part of its Event Funding Programme since 2014. The above piece is by Wojtek Doroszuk is entitled Prince