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Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four performance auditoria, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, and a visual art gallery, mac birmingham presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. mac birmingham is the most visited arts centre in the Midlands and is renowned for its family friendly and inclusive approach. Originally intended for children, the centre now caters for audiences young and old, from the local community and beyond.

Re-opened in May 2010 after extensive refurbishment, the arts centre boasts stunning architecture and a high level of accessibility. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park and home to the Bridges Bar Café for meals and snacks, and the stylish Arena Bar for evening drinks, the centre is well worth a visit. Over 850,000 visits were made to the arts centre in its first year of reopening.

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Opening hours

mac is open from 9am - 11pm, seven days a week

Admission charges

Free Admission to all Exhibitions

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer

  • 27 May — 10 September 2017 *on now

mac Birmingham is delighted to present ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer, an exhibition showcasing works by this incredibly important political artist.

Jenny Holzer is known internationally as a pioneer of conceptual art, applying text in her work through a range of processes including painting, projection and her iconic LED works.

The exhibition showcases a range of pieces which depict recurring themes of violence, power, war, sex and money. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the towering piece BLUE PURPLE TILT; consisting of seven double sided vertical LED displays, this work acts almost as a retrospective of Holzer's work as it contains a selection of messages from several of her early text pieces.

Works from this exhibition are drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art, which is shared with museums and galleries across the UK.



  • 17 June — 3 September 2017 *on now

Futuremakers is a summer-long programme which aims to inspire the designers and makers of the future through acts of playing, making and building.

The aim of the project is to work together with the public to design and build a number of ‘pavilions’. A pavilion is a free standing structure and could take many forms: a summer house or shed, a kiosk or any other kind of structure. The makers will inspire and help support the creation and construction of pavilions using the architecture of mac as a starting point.

Resident makers will work in purpose-built open studios in the gallery to work collaboratively with the public and local groups. Participants will be invited to explore materials, play and have fun, while helping to create a new structure, supported by our experienced makers.

An exhibition of historical and contemporary examples of designing through play accompanies the residency programme.

There are lots of opportunities to take part in Futuremakers. If you are interested in coming along to play and create with our makers, please see our website for more information.


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Cannon Hill Park
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