Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) announces new Associate Artists

Fri 2 November 2018

Midlands Arts Centre is building on its longstanding legacy of championing talented artists and supporting excellence in artistic practice.

Midlands Arts Centre has today announced independent dance artists/choreographers Johnny Autin and Jaivant Patel as MAC Associate Artists.

Since opening its doors in 1962, the pioneering arts complex has gained a strong reputation for its support of the artistic community by offering important pathways to help artists to develop their work and careers.

The organisation plays a leading role in signposting creative opportunities, reviewing work, delivering mentoring initiatives, providing funding advice and offering studio space.

It also works closely with artists to nurture excellence in their practice, empowering them to explore new boundaries and respond to contemporary issues relating to the production, presentation and distribution of their work.

MAC has been working closely with Johnny and Jaivant during the lead-up to this new partnership.

Johnny is the founder and director of Autin Dance Theatre, a Birmingham-based professional dance theatre company founded in 2013 that draws inspiration from contemporary social issues and events to make beautifully crafted, accessible work.

Jaivant is an independent dance artist, choreographer and cultural producer based in Wolverhampton. As artistic director of Jaivant Patel Dance (JPD), he produces work that voices the experiences of his British-Asian identity while challenging the complexities of inherited notions, perceptions and stereotypes.

Chief Executive and Artistic Director of MAC, Deborah Kermode says:

“We’re proud to further MAC’s longstanding legacy of supporting artists to excel and find their own unique voice. We’re delighted to build on our relationships with Johnny Autin and Jaivant Patel - we hope that this association will support them as they continue to evolve in their professional journeys and produce topical, outstanding work.”

Johnny Autin adds:

“On-going support from MAC has already made a significant contribution to the quality of my work with Autin Dance Theatre. I am thrilled to gain this recognition which will be invaluable at this pivotal stage of my career as I develop my profile as an international dance artist and choreographer. I look forward to working with the team to deliver exciting dance and physical theatre works for MAC’s audiences.” 

Jaivant Patel comments:

“I am immensely grateful for the advice and encouragement I’ve received from MAC which has been influential on my professional development. With their continuing support, I look forward to creating compelling new work which I hope will contribute new perspectives to their high-quality artistic programme.”

Recently voted the Most Visited Free Attraction in the West Midlands, MAC presents an extensive range of dance, theatre, literature, music, comedy, film, visual arts and digital arts created by regional, national and international artists. Its central mission is to make the arts an important part of people’s lives.

Photo caption: (l to r) Jaivant Patel of Jaivant Patel Dance, Debbie Kermode, Chief Exec and Artistic Director of Midlands Arts Centre, Johnny Autin of Autin Dance Theatre. Image courtesy of Deniz Soezen.

See more about Jaivant Patel Dance here.

See more about Autin Dance Theatre here.