Stay Connected & Keep Creating with MAC: Blog 2

Tue 31 March 2020

At MAC, we believe that arts and culture should be accessible to everyone. Despite having to temporarily close our doors, we still firmly uphold this belief.

We’re continuing to explore new ways of bringing the best in arts and culture to you while you're at home, and finding digital spaces for you to connect, collaborate and create during these uncertain times. See our latest round-up below:

Enjoy free films with MUBI 

We may be closed for now, but great films continue. As a loyal supporter of MAC, you can now enjoy three months of MUBI – entirely free. 

Enjoy hand-picked, beautiful titles, selected by the expert team at MUBI. Start your free three-month membership here.

Credit: Caroline Walker, Mark Stitching 2019 Oil on Linen 150 x 195cm. Courtesy the Smile Collection.

Listen to exclusive artist interviews

MAC has worked with journalist Maria Margaronis to produce a series of personal interviews with some of the women featured in Caroline Walker's paintings. The interviews document the women's experiences and the journeys that have led them to roles they now undertake.

Listen to a selection of interviews:

  • Introduction by artist Caroline Walker on her practice and the inspiration behind her collection here
  • Interview with Ana Maria 'Corridor, Outside Room 353' here

With thanks to Maria Margaronis for producing the interviews and to Arts Council England for their generous support. Find out more about Women's Work.

Episode 3: The MACcast

MAC may be temporarily closed, but art doesn’t sleep. Take a listen to our new podcast update, co-created with Brum Radio, and stay up-to-date with all things MAC. Presenter Blake Woodham brings you the latest news on The MACcast, and looks forward to the upcoming full-length episode, which will feature exclusive interviews with MAC staff, artists, and performers.

Send us your MAC Memories

Send us your favourite #MACMemories on social media and share your experiences with us – so far we have loved seeing your photos and stories of special moments spent at MAC.

Discover Percy the Park Keeper & Fun Family Activities

We recently published a new blog post to celebrate World Theatre Day going behind-the-scenes of MAC's 2020 festive show, One Snowy Night by Slot Machine Theatre. 

Read all about what audiences can expect from the first ever stage adaptation of the classic tales by children's author Nick Butterworth, and watch an exclusive interview with Co-Artistic Director Nick Tigg (chatting to a very unique interviewer!).

Chat all things music with The Album Club: Remixed

Music lovers can get involved with Switch Radio’s new show, The Unseen Swerve, by nominating ‘Isolation Tracks’ on their blog. The show will also incorporate The Album Club: Remixed - a new format for the regular discussions hosted by James Sandy on a nominated album, in partnership with MAC. The next album is Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate, linking to MAC’s current exhibition, The Influence Project.

The show will attempt to give people a creative outlet in these restrictive times and respond to the real needs of the many arts and community organisations across the City. I’m hoping it creates a platform to connect stories and experiences through conversation, features and music. Most of all it should be fun." - James Sandy, Presenter, The Unseen Swerve

Virtually and record your contributions or send us your comments on social media: @mac_birmingham #TheAlbumClub

Re-watch BAM: Babies’ Academy of Music live

The next live-streamed performance by BAM will be announced soon, but in case you missed it, you can tune in to the musical concert for little ones (featuring singing, instruments, and lots of fun) here. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel to be kept in the loop with upcoming performances.

For babies 0-18 months and their families. #BAMHomeFromHome

"A really wonderful treat to start mine and my daughter's day."

"We only joined partway through but enjoyed it! Loved the variety of instruments."

We want to hear from you

Let us know what kind of digital content you'd like to see from us to help you to #StayConnected and #KeepCreating

Send us your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

#StayConnected #StaySafe #KeepCreating

If you would like to make a donation to MAC and help us to continue to create transformative experiences for our community, you can do so by visiting our Support MAC page to find out more.