Visit our galleries and explore our carefully curated exhibitions in response to the global pandemic we have been collectively facing.
11 December 2020 - 14 February 2021
Three new exhibitions across our Upper, Tall and Sunken Galleries
Entrance to the exhibitions is free, although donations are appreciated at this difficult time.
Pre-booking your ticket to our exhibitions is now essential. Click here to book your visit or scroll to read more on the booking process.
Peter Liversidge, who's Sign Paintings for the NHS powerfully captured the public mood during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been commissioned by the MAC to produce a new body of work which will act as a reflection on the events of 2020.
Sign Paintings for Belfast is a celebration of communities, of cooperation, and of protest. The project is driven by a desire to make heard a multiplicity of local voices, and present an opportunity to raise important questions around the immediate societal challenges we face post COVID-19.
During the period leading up to the exhibition opening, Peter will set up a studio in the gallery producing the work on site. During this period of residency, Peter will work collaboratively with the MAC's Associate Partners to reflect their interests and concerns and inform the content of the work.
In A Rainbow of Coalitions:
In A Rainbow of Coalitions reflects on the period during lockdown, the impact of COVID-19 has had on society and how we collectively have responded during this time.
Without doubt one of the more positive consequences to come from staying at home due to the pandemic is that it has inspired an outpouring of creativity with many young and old, professionals and amateurs turning to art to express themselves and to reflect upon our shared experience of life in lockdown.
In A Rainbow of Coalitions aims to harness for the future this active participation and appreciation of art and creativity among the wider public, the MAC will present works, across a number of disciplines, by amateur, professional artists as well as work created by children.
Exhibitors include; Rachel Owen & Emma Slade (Quarantine Quilt Project), Michael Hanna, Miguel Martin, Isobel Anderson, Paul Currie, Alex, Amelie and Evie Brighton, as well as contributions from the public who have responded to our call for Rainbow Art.
The Black Monolith of the Flâneur is a filmic work and photographic series which portrays a melancholic and indecisive figure, unconsciously symptomatic of the neo-liberal era. Limiting themselves to a reduced perimeter in Dublin’s north inner city, the flâneur gets lost in the solitude of the real, in the contradictions and the movement of impossibility that uncontrollably assert themselves on an inner emotional experience.
The flâneur roams through the urban space on a helpless impulse. Lingering on absurd or dissonant details, on pieces of construction that are fragmented, divided, dilapidated, archaic or untimely – and with an impenetrable or unfathomable psychic dimension – the flâneur faces the impossibility of grasping a historical memory, of progressing or taking a position in time.
In this work, the artist uses photography, traditionally considered as a pause in time, in a paradoxical way, to open up speculative and undetermined possibilities in response to a future that is indistinct and uncertain, yet a future with innovative potential still to be discovered.
Booking your gallery visit
Click the Book Now button on the exhibition page to begin the booking process, and select the date and time you wish to visit these exhibitions. These are listed as 30 min slots, and you can arrive at the MAC anytime within that 30min time slot. Next, tell us how many will be attending – our exhibitions are free to visit, but you can choose to add a donation to your booking. At this difficult time, we are more grateful than ever for those who give financially towards our work – your donations truly make a difference.
To complete your booking, we’ll ask you for some personal details including a contact telephone number for Track and Trace purposes. Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email, and the day before your visit, we’ll also send an email with some helpful information for your visit.
On the day of your visit
We have introduced a one-way system at the MAC, as part of our efforts to keep you safe. On arrival, please enter via the door on Exchange Street West. You will be met by a member of staff, or you may have to queue for a few moments.
Please show your e-ticket or print at home ticket, and our staff will check you in and share some further information with you about your visit.
For more information to help prepare you for a visit to the MAC, check out our Keeping You Safe page. There you’ll find a customer journey video, showing you how your visit might look, and answers to our frequently asked questions.