© MAC International
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 / Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, with a prize of 20,000 GBP awarded to the artist deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the exhibition.
Now in its third edition, MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitions art practices from across the world. The 2016 MAC International exhibition featured work by artists based in Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as from as far afield as the USA, Iceland, Cuba and Brazil.
MAC International 2018 is now open for submissions. Deadline for applications is April 27, 2018, noon (BST). The shortlist of exhibiting artists will be announced in Summer 2018 and the exhibition will run from November 9, 2018–March 31, 2019.
Here are some installation views from past shortlisted artists:
Beto Shwafaty / Remediations
Frederic Huska / From the series Location, Los Angeles
Angel de la Rubia / Transitions
The judges for MAC International 2018:
Hugh Mulholland is Senior Curator at the MAC, Belfast. He was previously Director, The Third Space gallery, Belfast (2006-2012) and Director of Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (1997-2006) and was founding Director of Context Gallery Derry, (now CCA) (1992-1997). Mulholland has also worked as an independent curator and was Commissioner of Northern Ireland’s first presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2005 with a group exhibition titled The Nature of Things. He also curated Northern Ireland’s following exhibition at the Biennale in 2007 with a solo show of work by Willie Doherty. He was also curator for Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2006 & 2007 as well as curating exhibitions internationally in Berlin, Istanbul and Italy. He has held the position of Senior Curator of The MAC since 2012 where he has curated exhibitions with artists including; Johanna Billing, Peter Doig, Stuart Brisley, Lothar Gotz, Kara Walker, Peter Liversidge, Keith Wilson and David Hockney as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Joy Gerrard / Protest Crowd, Occupy
Nikolas Ventourakis / Defining Lines
Tom Molloy / Election
Anne Barlow is Artistic Director of Tate St Ives. She was previously Director of Art in General, New York (2007–2016), Curator of Education and Media Programs at the New Museum (1999–2006) New York, and Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Glasgow Museums, Scotland (1994–1999). In her curatorial roles in the UK and US, Barlow has overseen museum collections and displays, new commissions, artist residencies and public programmes, and numerous institutional collaborations. She has initiated award-winning programs including Museum as Hub (New Museum) and the What Now? symposium (Art in General), and curated exhibitions with artists including Dineo Seshee Bopape, Donna Huanca, Adelita Husni-Bey, Marwa Arsanios, Basim Magdy, Jill Magid, Shezad Dawood and Surasi Kusolwong. Barlow has published with institutions including the New Museum, Henry Moore Institute, Liverpool University Press / Tate Gallery Liverpool, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the Sharjah Art Foundation. She was Curator of the 5th Bucharest Biennale (2012), Co-Curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), and a guest project curator for The Jerusalem Show VII (2014) and the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Georgia (2015).
Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir / Vortex
Mariah Garnett / Full Burn
Teresa Cos / Astrology of a Friday
Başak Şenova is a curator and designer. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. She is a founding member of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of Upgrade!Istanbul and ctrl_alt_del sound art project. As an assistant professor, she lectured in various universities in Turkey and in 2017 she was the resident fellow at the University of the Arts, Helsinki in co-operation with HIAP. Şenova has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. She is one of the editorial correspondents of Ibraaz and Turkish correspondent of Flash Art International. She curated Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011–2012) by also acting as the editor of its publications. Senova is an advisory board member of the Istanbul Biennial and a member of the International Biennial Association’s (IBA) editorial board.