About The Mac/FAQs/

What does MAC stand for?

It stands for Metropolitan Arts Centre but we’re happy for you to call us the MAC – whichever you prefer.

What’s in the MAC?

Our beautiful, brand new venue in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter will be home to all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances, experimental works – with two theatres, 3 visual art galleries and much more.

The MAC by numbers

Visiting the MAC

When did the MAC open?

The MAC opened its doors to the public on 20 April 2012.

How do I book tickets?

Online
You can book tickets anytime online. Visit What’s On to book now.

Phone
You can phone the ticket line on 028 9023 5053 to book tickets, seven days a week from 10am-7pm.

In person:
Monday to Sunday from 10am – 7pm.

Where is the MAC?

The MAC is part of Saint Anne’s Square behind St. Anne’s Cathedral.

Our address is 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ. The main entrance is off the square, but you can also pop in via Exchange Street West.

How to get here?

We’re just a stone’s throw from the centre of town and easy to reach, whatever mode of transport you use. You can get full details on how to get here by foot, train, bus and car at Visiting the MAC.

Can I park nearby?

You can park securely at Saint Anne’s Square multi-storey car park, which is on Edward Street right beside the MAC. The car park is open 24 hours.

There’s a special evening rate if you’re going to a show of just £3.50, otherwise it’s £1.20 an hour during the day.

Is the MAC open on Sundays?

Yes, the MAC is open on Sundays. We want the MAC to play its part in making our city centre a fun, busy and exciting place to be.

We’re open seven days a week, from 10am to 7pm – or later on performance nights. As well as our shows and exhibitions, we have a range of activities, talks, tours and happenings to make sure you get the most out of your visit to the MAC.

Check out What’s On for more information on everything happening at the MAC – you can search by day, week, month and specific dates.

How is it funded?

The MAC was created with a series of investments totalling £18m. The total package was made up by significant support from Department for Culture Arts & Leisure, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department for Social Development, Laganside Corporation and Belfast City Council, as well as contributions from charitable foundations and the business sector.

Who designed the building?

We ran an International Open Design Competition with Royal Institute of British Architects to select the team that would design the MAC. We received responses from architects from all around the world including Japan, the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, London, Dublin and of course, Belfast. Following a rigorous selection procedure Belfast-based firm Hackett Hall McKnight were appointed to lead an integrated design team to design the MAC. Hackett Hall McKnight went on to win the UK-wide Young Architect of the Year Award in October 2008.

We think they have designed a stunning building, we hope you agree.

Who built the MAC?

The MAC has been built by Bowen Mascott JV (a company owned by Mascott Construction Ltd).

Can I exhibit my work in the MAC's galleries?

The MAC’s curatorial team is always interested to receive updates from both emergent and established artists in the form of invitations, publications, e-flyers and weblinks. This forms part of its ongoing process of research. However, the team cannot accept unsolicited exhibition proposals and is therefore sadly unable to reply to these submissions.

Who do I contact if I have any more questions?

Just give us a call on 028 9023 5053 or email Maeve Lewis, Marketing Manager on maeve@themaclive.com.