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Curator wanted for major art project

By Matthew McCreary

The search is on for a curator to organise Northern Ireland's entry to one of the world's greatest art exhibitions.

The Venice Biennale of Visual Arts takes place next year, and Northern Ireland will be taking part for a third time.

The five-month show happens every two years, with top artists from over 75 nations.

Last year Northern Ireland's curator, Hugh Mulholland, shared the stage with such well-known names as Tracey Emin, and helped to deliver a highly acclaimed exhibition of video art works by Willie Doherty, the twice Turner Prize nominated artist from Derry.

More than 40,000 people visited Doherty's exhibition in Venice, helping to draw the world's attention to the quality of contemporary visual arts currently coming out of Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland curator or curatorial team for the Venice Biennale 2009 will be responsible for researching, developing and delivering Northern Ireland's presentation.

"Last year's show by Willie Doherty undoubtedly raised the bar, setting quite a challenge for the next exhibition; but I'm confident that we now have the artistic quality on these shores to stand shoulder to shoulder with any country in the world," said Arts Council Chief Executive Roisí* McDonough.

Colm McGivern, Director of the British Council, said: "The Venice Biennale is one of the most important events in the international cultural calendar. It always attracts massive media interest around the world, and our continuing presence helps to promote Northern Ireland for all the right reasons, in a very positive and progressive light. Our exhibition in 2009 will reflect the growing creative reputation deserved of a place with such an ambitious international agenda."

The closing date for proposals for the post is Friday, May 23. Further details are available from the Arts Council by calling 028 9038 5200 or logging on to

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