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Belfast woman makes MAC International Prize shortlist

The MAC Belfast has revealed the artists shortlisted for the MAC International Prize 2018, including one artist from Belfast.

The 13 artists chosen from more than 800 submissions to be shortlisted are:

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

The winner will receive a prize of £20,000 - the biggest contemporary arts prize in Ireland.

The judges for the MAC International 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).

The MAC International Prize 2018 will be awarded at the exhibition preview on November 8 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).

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.”

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