During the summer months please allow more time for travel as the car park will be very busy due to good weather, events in the park and cricket matches. For events expected to cause extra traffic/road closures, please see:

Objectives and Strategies


mac’s principal objectives are to encourage as many people as possible to:

  • explore, examine and enjoy the arts activities of others;
  • participate in and undertake their own arts activities.


mac seeks to achieve these objectives by:

  • using its ethos to promote an adventurous, expressive, and approachable programme of arts events and activities;
  • developing intercultural projects which increase people’s enjoyment and understanding of their own and different cultures;
  • encouraging and facilitating the development of people’s own creativity, knowledge and skills;
  • providing creative projects and activities for children and young people;
  • increasing the numbers and range of mac’s existing users;
  • deepening the impact of mac’s work through community outreach, and regional and national touring;
  • offering support, opportunities and practical help to artists to develop their work and careers;
  • building on established partnerships with other arts organisations, community groups and agencies, and developing new ones;
  • working in partnership with schools, cultural organisations, agencies, public bodies and the non-arts sector to develop programmes for particular target groups;
  • becoming the natural hub for artists making new and contemporary work in the city, and create opportunities for artist development;
  • providing access to arts projects and programmes to as many people as possible including those with fewer resources and opportunities;
  • ensuring the highest possible quality of work.