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Our Artist in Residence space is a unique facility that brings international, national and home-grown artists from a range of genres to the MAC.


Igniting creative collaboration with the MAC’s artistic partners, audiences and local communities, the Artist in Residence programme is helping to shape the cultural landscape in Northern Ireland. 

Photograph of MAC Artist in Residence, Conor Mitchell - playing piano

Current Artist in Residence

Current Artist in Residence: Conor Mitchell

Conor Mitchell is an opera, music theatre and orchestral composer, playwright and theatre-maker from Northern Ireland. He is the recipient of the 2016 Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist’s Award and is currently working on his body of symphonic work and Concertino for Flute.  Recent scores include his Cultural Olympiad opera Our Day (NI Opera), the children’s opera The Musician (national tour), the choral work Shadowtime (Royal Festival Hall), Requiem for the Disappeared (Spark Opera), the sinfonietta 20: Ceasefire, and his Cabaret Songs in celebration of Britten's 100th birthday (Aldeburgh Music).

He and Mark Ravenhill’s award-winning song cycle Ten Plagues (Royal Court, Traverse Theatre) was recently revived at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, performed again by Marc Almond. A reworking of his 2003 musical-theatre piece Group! The Musical has just premiered in Ireland, directed by the composer. 

Upcoming Artist in Residence (Oct/Nov) - AMINI (Artists' Moving Image Northern Ireland)


AMINI is an artist-led initiative founded by Michael Hanna and Jacqueline Holt in 2015.

AMINI has been set up to nurture and promote artists’ moving image within the region. They do this through the screening of hard-to-see work, alongside supporting the development of critical discourse around the medium through hosting the LUX Belfast Critical Forum at the MAC.  AMINI continues to develop national and international networks through which to promote and create opportunities for artists connected to Northern Ireland.

Michael Hanna is an artist based in Belfast. He graduated from Edinburgh college of Art with BA Sculpture in 2009, and completed his MFA at the University of Ulster in 2012. His work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK and internationally including Rencontres Internationales at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Multiplicity at NURTUREart, New York. Since 2014 he has been one of the artists working with Corners of Europe, a socially engaged project designed to connect artists around the edges of Europe.

Jacqueline Holt is an artist living in Belfast. She completed the MFA at the University of Ulster in 2012. Her work has been shown in Belfast, London, Nice and Dublin.  Recent exhibitions include The Composition of Here at Catalyst Arts and Diagrams, an exhibition shown at Pallas Projects, Dublin & QSS, Belfast. Before moving to Belfast in 2010, Holt worked at LUX, the artists’ moving image agency based in London.

Previous Artists in Residence

Here's a list of our previous artists in residence at the MAC since we opened in 2012.

- Katie Richardson: Summer 2016
- David Lyttle: Spring 2016
- Gerard Gormley: Winter 2015
- Leonie McDonagh: Spring 2015
- Fionnuala Fagan: Winter 2014
- Patrick J O’Reilly: Spring 2014
- Damian Gorman: Spring 2013
- Conor Mitchell: Winter 2012
- Jimmy McAleavey: Autumn 2012
- Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC): Spring 2012