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MAC International Ulster Bank Prize is the largest arts prize in Ireland, offering professional artists worldwide the opportunity to exhibit in the MAC. The winner will be announced on 27 October, and the exhibition will continue until 19 Feb 2017.

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Date: 28 Oct 2016 – 19 Feb 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7 PM
Price: Free

Spanning all three of our galleries, MAC International 2016 will provide a truly global perspective on contemporary art practice. This year’s exhibition features work by artists based in Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as work from as far afield as the USA, Iceland, and Brazil.

The artworks displayed take many forms, including photography, film, installation, sculpture and painting. Indeed, many push the boundaries of particular media or disciplines; reconfiguring, merging or deconstructing them and, in doing so, broadening our understanding of what art can be. A number of common themes are present in this year’s exhibition. Concepts of nationhood, borders, territory and belonging and investigations into civic, social, political and psychological space pervade throughout.

One of the 18 artists featured in the project, deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the exhibition, will be awarded the prestigious MAC International Ulster Bank Prize of £20,000. This is the largest art prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK. The MAC International jury for 2016 comprised of Marta Dziewańska, a curator and writer based in Warsaw; Katerina Gregos, an art historian, curator and writer based in Brussels; and Hugh Mulholland, our Senior Curator here at the MAC. For more information on the artists and artworks featured in MAC International, an audio guide is available from our box office.

This year’s judges are delighted to present the shortlist of 18 artists:

Ana Mendes
Nationality: Portuguese
Place of residence: Berlin (Germany) and London (UK)

Angel de la Rubia
Nationality: Spanish
Place of residence: Brussels (Belgium)

Beto Shwafaty
Nationality: Brazilian
Place of residence: Brazil

Darren Harvey-Regan
Nationality: British
Place of residence: London (UK)

Emma Talbot
Nationality: British
Place of residence: London (UK)

Frederic Huska
Nationality: French
Place of residence: Belfast (Northern Ireland)

Hamza Halloubi
Nationality: Moroccan
Place of residence: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) and Tangier (Morocco)

Henrique Neves
Nationality: Portuguese
Place of residence: Lisbon (Portugal)

Ismar Cirkinagic
Nationality: Bosnian
Place of residence: Copenhagen (Denmark) and Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Jasmina Cibic
Nationality: Slovenian
Place of residence: London (UK)

Joy Gerrard
Nationality: Irish
Place of residence: London (UK)

Mariah Garnett
Nationality: American
Place of residence: Los Angeles (USA)

Nikolas Ventourakis
Nationality: Greek
Place of residence: Athens (Greece) and London (UK)

Núria Güell
Nationality: Spanish
Place of residence: Beirut (Lebanon)

Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir
Nationality: Icelandic
Place of residence: Reykjavik (Iceland)

Teresa Cos
Nationality: Italian
Place of residence: London (UK) and Brussels (Belgium)

Tom Molloy
Nationality: Irish
Place of residence: Rouen (France)

Wojtek Doroszuk
Nationality: Polish
Place of residence: Rouen (France)

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