Nikolaus Gansterer wins MAC International Prize

Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer has won the 2018 MAC International prize. The Vienna-based artist was chosen from more than 800 international submissions for the £20,000 award.

Gansterer’s winning work is Wor(l)ding: a meshwork of sense in flux, described as a mixed-media installation with a wall drawing, three-channel video work and a hanging object.

An exhibition of the works shortlisted for the Prize will continue at The MAC, Belfast until 31 March 2019. The 13 shortlisted artists include: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan / Ali Cherri / Larissa Fassler / Nikolaus Gansterer / Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi) / Ronan McCrea / Aisling O’Beirn / Vesna Pavlović / Renata Poljak / Larissa Sansour / Özge Topçu.

The award, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Tourism NI and Belfast City Council, is Ireland’s largest art prize and one of the most substantial in the UK.

The prize was presented by Anne Barlow, one of the three judges, at a ceremony in the MAC centre in central Belfast on Thursday 8 November.

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