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Community & Schools

Community Projects

Our team at the MAC work hard to ensure that the arts are accessible to everyone in our community. Since we opened 5 years ago 133,342 people have taken part in our schools and community activities. This page is where we document our work with schools and communities.


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MAC Youth Theatre

Led by MAC professional artists, the new MAC Youth Theatre is run by our Learning & Participation team. It creates brave and relevant new and reinterpreted work, live on the MAC stage.

a photograph of artwork by community group Open Arts in response to exhibition Lost in Narration. Charcoal work on grey paper.

Open Arts Exhibition

The MAC and Open Arts collaborated in 2017 to create an exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of Open Arts and to celebrate the work of artists with disabilities.

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Arts Award

Arts Award is an accredited programme for schools and youth groups run by the MAC, offering nationally recognised qualifications.

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Community Ticketing

Here at the MAC, we believe that the arts should be accessible and affordable to all. Community groups of 6 or more can avail of our special community ticket rate of £8, and for every 10 tickets bought, you'll get an 11th ticket completely free. 

Click below for more information on the shows that our community ticket rate applies to, and for information on how to book. 

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Community Visits

133,432 people have taken part in the MAC's schools and community activities and counting. If you would like to ignite imaginations within your group - consider a visit to the MAC.

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Sneak Peek Tours

Sneaky Peek Tours are a fantastic way to introduce primary aged (4-11) children to the MAC, modern art and theatre through an exclusive tour of all backstage areas of our venue.

School Visits

When it comes to bringing a lesson alive, the MAC is the place to be. We’ve welcomed over 15,000 school children to the MAC and counting, so if you haven’t been to visit us yet here are a few ideas of how to get the most from your MAC visit.

Primary School Visit

There’s lots happening at the MAC for your Key Stage 1 & 2 classes. Whether you’re interested in a creative workshop, or an enchanting theatre production, here’s all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.

Secondary School Visit

Whether you’re interested in getting behind the scenes with a theatre production or exploring world class art exhibitions, we’ve got something you’ll love. Below, we’ve gathered all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.

School Projects

At the MAC, we’re always inventing creative ways for schools to get involved in the arts. Here, you can read about our recent projects, which represent our ongoing commitment to support the next generation of artists and performers.

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Bruiser Arts Academy in association with the MAC

The Arts Academy, now in its 13th year, is an essential part of any young actor's training. During the course, Bruiser will focus on enhancing performance skills and professional development, equipping students to perform at the best of their ability.

Winning class from Jordanstown school - Masterpiece For The MAC 2017

Masterpiece for the MAC

Congratulations to all children who entered the 2017/18 Masterpiece for the MAC competition. We are delighted to announce that the winning entry came from Tyler Baxter, age 9 from Jordanstown School. Congratulations, Tyler!