Borderland by Edel McGrath

Honourable Mention – Student/Graduate

Edel McGrath graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2021. Inspired by the marking of the centenary year of the Partition of Ireland in May 2021, this ongoing project looks at the 499km-long border. “A county boundary became an invisible political battlefront overnight,” explains McGrath.

“Long after the checkpoints and blockades, the remains of abandoned infrastructures and lands show little sign of life except for farm animals and neglected villages. The borderland continues to be a space that has been forgotten by local people, creating an unconscious void that acts as a crossing point from one place to another.”


Milton Keynes