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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.

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Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for secondary level students.

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.

We’ve welcomed over 15,000 school children to the MAC since we opened our doors in 2012 and we aim to complement the National Curriculum with our varied programme throughout the year. 

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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 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 email Clare Lawlor for more information, or download our booking form here

Visit the Galleries

Guided school tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our team, who will show you and your class around our exhibitions and point out interesting things along the way.

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 and entrance is free.


You can also request to meet our curators on your visit if you’d like to hear further information on any of our exhibitions. A guided tour of our current exhibition is priced at just £3 per pupil. Enjoy some exclusive insights into the current work on display, all delivered in a bespoke tour by a MAC front of house officer. 
Booking in advance for tours is essential, please email Clare Lawlor for more information or download our booking form here

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. Talk to us about exciting opportunities to meet the actors or go behind the scenes of the shows.

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


Perfect for Years 12, 13 & 14: The World Goes 'Round

This September, we’re transforming our downstairs theatre into an intimate, jazz-style club to play host to The World Goes Round: with songs from Broadways biggest productions including Chicago, Cabaret and the Rink.

It’s end-to-end iconic hit after hit including 'Mr. Cellophane', 'All That Jazz', 'Colored Lights' and 'New York, New York', all seamlessly interwoven into a joyous evening of musical theatre. Directed by Stephen Whitson (Associate Director of West End sensation Hamilton) and co-produced by theatre company Blunt Fringe and the MAC, this classic revue has a five-strong multi-talented cast of actor musicians. This is a must see for all music and theatre students!


Perfect for Years 8 & 9: Under the Hawthorn Tree

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

Presented with our partners, the award-winning children's theatre company Cahoots NI, this festive season we’re lifting hearts and tickling funny bones with our own version of the classic fairy tale, suitable for all ages.

Available to book now, speak to our Box Office team on 028 9023 5053 for more information. 

Book by downloading a school booking form & emailing it to Naomh Cullen.

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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.

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. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us in advance.

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