At the Table - a review

As the New Year approaches, we wanted to celebrate our Creative Learning project MACtivate where we collaborate with Associate Partners, artists, people and communities to address social injustices through art. We are delighted to share our 3-year report – read here.

“Being part of The MAC's social justice work as an artist has been fantastic. Being listened to, and championed by staff at the MAC has built my confidence.” - Artist

“The MAC is creating a unique space for women with refugee and asylum seeker status. Their approach is generous, flexible and open-hearted!” - Creative facilitator

As the year ends we are reflecting on the impact our work with our Associate Partners, artists, people and communities. We wanted to spotlight At the Table, a participatory exhibition seen by 15,680 gallery visitors earlier in the year. The exhibition challenged who is and isn’t invited to “the table” where decisions that determine our lives are made. At The Table addressed issues we live with including the current mental health crisis, reproductive rights, lack of social housing, homophobia and transphobia, and the lack of rights for people in the asylum system.

“Having an interactive exhibition makes the space feel alive and inviting and democratises the space. The exhibition was much talked about and created a buzz within many communities as it was something different to the norm and elevated the voices of the people of Belfast. I love when the MAC display work by community groups, local artists and creates opportunities for collaboration and uplifting of those voices.” - Visitor

Click here to watch out summary video with more information about At The Table.

A massive thank you to all the artists and people who have collaborated with us - you make our work come alive.