About Us

Our award-winning venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is home to all kinds of exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental works and endless goings-on.

The MAC is a cultural hub and since opening in 2012 has quickly become a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast, offering an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more. 

Since opening, an almost 2.5 million visitors have come through the doors of the MAC. These visitors have attended more than 3,000 live performances, 45 visual art exhibitions, 100's of family workshops and collectively drunk over 300,000 cups of coffee.

The Permanent Present

The Permanent Present is the MAC's only permanent artwork, a major sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry commissioned by The Thomas Devlin Fund and the MAC. The sculpture consists of 400 metal wires in the main foyer of the MAC, creating a spectrum of colour that travels through the space. The installation reflects The Thomas Devlin Fund’s commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes and aspirations of our young people.

The Permanent Present, by Mark Garry

For inspiration. For art. For you.

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Over 2 Million

Visitors welcomed through our doors since opening

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People attended performances in 2018

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Primary school children from across NI benefited from free transport to the MAC in 2018

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People taking part in the MAC’s programme from community groups in North, South, East and West Belfast in 2018

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People visited the galleries in 2018

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Volunteer hours delivered by our 70 MACtivisit volunteers in 2018

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People were welcomed through our doors in 2018

c. £10 million

The economic impact of the MAC annually


People employed: 50 permanent, 51 casual and 63 volunteers


Increase in the number of tickets sold last year


Awards won by the MAC for it’s marketing, programme, people, building and brand