Verbal's Gregory McCartney receives ACES award from ACNI

Congratulations to Verbal's Gregory McCartney on receiving an Artists Career Enhancement Scheme award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland this month.

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The Honest Ulsterman and Abridged editor, pictured here with author RB Kelly, is one of 17 curators/writers/artists/musicians from Northern Ireland that have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers.

This ACES project will allow Greg to develop his skills through further exploration of the curatorial/editorial amalgamation that has been at the heart of his artistic practice for the last decade. 1979, a year that has been suggested as the real beginning of the 21st Century will be used as an inspiration to investigate ‘moments’ little and large, personal and societal where the world changes.

Gregory describes his project as thus: "1979 saw the rise of the philosophies that would dominate the early 21st Century. In Iran the Shah was overthrown and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini and a hardline politico-theocracy established. China through Deng abandoned Maoist principles and began the embrace of capitalism and Russia invaded Afganistan putting in motion events that would eventually lead to 9-11 and alter the direction of the 21st Century. In Britain, Margaret Thatcher was elected and changed the political landscape forever. In 1979 in Derry a boy failed the 11-plus. Thirty years later he began creating fairy-tales…"

Well done to all of the ACES recipients for 2016-17, and best of luck for the year ahead.

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