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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.

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Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, take a tour backstage or enjoy a customised creative workshop led by a professional artist. 

Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support primary school learning at the MAC.

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At the moment we are very excited about our MAC International 2018 exhibition  

MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast.

Now in its third edition, MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world.

The exhibition runs from Friday 9 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019. Entrance is free, but you can book a guided tour, or enjoy our audio guides for only £3 per pupil.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our curatorial or front of house team, who will show you and your class around, explain more about the artist’s life and work and offer your creative learning packs to go with the exhibition. 

Booking in advance for tours is essential, download your booking form here and return to our Learning and Participation Officer Clare Lawlor 

Visit the Galleries

You can organise a bespoke guided tour of the MAC International exhibition, available for just £3 per pupil.

MAC International 2018 is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK, offering artists from around the world an opportunity to exhibit at the MAC in Belfast.

Now in its third edition, MAC International presents a snapshot of the most exciting and ambitious art practices from across the world.

The exhibition runs from Friday 9 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019.

Entrance is free, but you can book a guided tour for only £3 per pupil.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our curatorial or front of house team, who will show you and your class around, explain more about the artist’s life and work and offer your creative learning packs to go with the exhibition. 

Booking in advance for tours is essential, please download your booking form here and email it to Clare Lawlor for more information. 

See a Show

Enhance your pupils learning with a trip to the theatre.

We work with the best in local and national theatre companies to provide your pupils with the opportunity to experience world-class theatre. 

Our exclusive school ticket offer provides great value, with a special £8 rate for tickets and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free.


Christmas 2018 - The Elves and the Shoemaker

The MAC is excited to announce that our festive show for 2018 is the magical fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker

Produced by the MAC, this Christmas show tells the classic tale of a shoemaker who receives some help from a bunch of cheeky, friendly elves - with of course a modern MAC twist. Expect all the fun and laughs you’ve come to love at the MAC’s festive shows, and get ready to get your shoes tapping to our magical, musical adventure.

Suitable for all ages, don’t delay in booking your school trip to the theatre this Christmas - simply email Naomh at the MAC.

 

Under the Hawthorn Tree

This Autumn, award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI and the MAC present a new stage adaptation of Under the Hawthorn Tree.

Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna and published by The O’Brien Press, Under the Hawthorn Tree follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845.

When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse, embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories. 

This remarkable story of endurance, in a defining moment of Irish experience, is told like never before in a new play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney with a stirring live original score from Garth McConaghie.

To book tickets, just email Naomh at the MAC.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, Clare Lawlor, our Learning and Participation Officer would love to hear from you. Contact Clare on: clare@themaclive.com or call us on 028 90 235053.

Coach Drop Off

The coach drop-off point for school visits is at Exchange street West (beside St. Anne’s Cathedral) and right beside the MAC entrance. This is where you will be dropped off when taking part in Passport to the MAC, our transport scheme for schools.

Access and Facilities

The MAC is a fully accessible venue with lifts to all floors, hearing loop facilities, audio described and captioned shows, relaxed performances and accessible seating. As well as this, our outreach project 'MACTile Tours' was created to work with families and children with special needs and particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Healthy Lunches

Packed lunches can be provided by our in-house catering partner, NATIVE by Yellow Door. We can provide sandwiches, healthy snacks, or whatever suits your group during their visit to the MAC. Bringing your own is also encouraged and lunches can be eaten in our workshop spaces.

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