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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.  Open 363 days per year, we offer an eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and lots more. 

Since opening in 2012, an amazing 1.9 million visitors have come through the doors of the MAC. These visitors have attended more than 3,000 live performances, 39 visual art exhibitions, 100 family workshops and collectively drunk over 90,000 cups of coffee.


 The MAC never fails to impress with the quality, breadth and ambition of its programming.  
A word from our Arts Council


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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1.9 Million

Visitors welcomed through our doors since opening

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58,441

People attended performances this year

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2,514

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

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5,622

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

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22,975

People taking part in schools and community activities in 2018

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72,711

People visited the galleries this year

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3,044

Volunteer hours delivered by our 70 MACtivisit volunteers in 2018

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290,756

People were welcomed through our doors in 2018

c. £10 million

The economic impact of the MAC annually

116

People employed: 42 permanent and 74 casual

20%

Increase in the number of tickets sold last year

23

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