The MAC announces international art award winner

Simon Stephens, 02.11.2016
Slovenian-born artist Jasmina Cibic picks up prize in Belfast

The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) International Ulster Bank Prize has been awarded to Slovenian-born artist Jasmina Cibic at a ceremony held in Belfast last week.

Cibic beat off competition from 17 other artists in what is the largest contemporary art prize in Ireland. The 18-strong shortlist was chosen from almost 1,000 entries from 40 countries. The £20,000 prize is funded by Ulster Bank, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

The prize is accompanied by an exhibition that can be seen at the MAC in Belfast until 19 February 2017.

Cibic’s winning installation, Tear Down and Rebuild, is the final chapter of a larger, three-chapter body of work called Spielraum, which comprises film, performance and installation works.

“It’s my first time in Belfast and it is a wonderful city,” Cibic said. “The MAC shines a light on art and this prize helps celebrate the importance of arts and culture globally.”

The winner was selected by an panel of judges that included Hugh Mulholland, curator at the MAC; Katerina Gregos, historian, curator and writer from Brussels; and Marta Dziewańska from the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.