The Permanent Present, the 1 permanent artwork in the MAC made from hundreds of colourful copper wires.

The MAC’s Hatch scheme is the formal development of a long-term project that will ensure that locally based, new and emerging artists are able to play their part in developing the creative energy at the heart of the MAC.


This is essential for the long-term evolution and good health of Northern Ireland’s creative arts economy.

Hatch artists are championed by the MAC with their work being shown to audiences and institutions. The programme allows the artists to take risks, be brave and to learn from themselves and others.

Photograph collage of all 4 HATCH artists in 2016

Hatch Artists

Hatch Artists

2015 - 2016 

- Paula O’Reilly 
- Oona Doherty 
- Amadan

2014 - 2015

- Chatterbox
- Off the Rails Dance
- Shannon Yee

2013 - 2014

- Nial Rea
- Clare Lamont
- Mary Francis Doherty