Belfast’s Array Collective has recently been nominated for the 2021 Turner Prize. The collective includes Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell, Jane Butler , Emma Campbell, Alessia Cargnelli, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray [QSS], Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor and Thomas Wells. These artists join together to create collaborative actions in response to the sociopolitical issues affecting Northern Ireland. Array’s studios and project space in the city centre acts as a base for the collective, however the participating artists are not limited to studio holders.
On announcing their nomination the Array Collective said:
“The drive to make this work started by responding to our own lived experiences as artists working in Belfast. We understand that we are one wee part of the history of activism in Northern Ireland and acknowledge the decades of work to progress the rights of the people here. Through this national platform we hope to highlight the work that must continue.”
This year’s recipient of the Turner Prize will be announced at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.