Latest statement from Midlands Arts Centre

Wed 16 September 2020

We can confirm that it is with enormous regret that MAC has now completed a period of redundancy consultations as a direct result of the global pandemic, concluding in the compulsory redundancy of 41 core staff members.

The decision to make some core roles redundant is regrettable and is the direct result of the on-going crisis, it is heart-breaking that what was a thriving organisation has been forced to implement drastic measures to safeguard our future. 

The effect of Covid-19 upon the arts has been devastating and many arts venues are facing similar difficulties to us. It is of the upmost importance that we can survive this year of unprecedented financial pressure so that we will reopen for our community in a stronger position. Sadly, this means when we do reopen MAC, we will need to be a different organisation than when we closed - and the staff teams will not look the same. We need to adapt our staffing structure to meet the demands of a new Covid-19 situation.

The impact of Covid-19 will mean that MAC will not be able to reopen until 2021, this is because we cannot operate as a single service venue, and almost all of our income is generated from MAC Trading activities - the café, bar, conferences and ticket sales. These important revenue streams make up 85% of our annual turnover. During our extended closure, we are continuing to work with and provide resources for our most vulnerable groups, and exploring new ways to connect with our audiences and community.

Emergency grants that we have received during closure are urgently needed for re-adapting the venue and making safe all of our complex spaces, ensuring Government guidelines on PPE, public health and safety are upheld to the highest standard.

I would like to thank all of the staff at MAC for their understanding, loyalty and resilience during this incredibly challenging time.

Deborah Kermode, MAC Artistic Director & CEO

As Chair of MAC’s Board, it is devastating to see the effects of the pandemic upon our beloved organisation and the wider cultural sector. It is vital that we as an organisation urgently plan for a more compact and financially viable business model to protect the future of the Arts Centre for all our audiences and communities of users.

Staff are working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to review all areas of the operation. As almost all of MAC’s income is generated through our Trading arm, which has completely halted, the decision to restructure the company’s core team is sadly an inevitable conclusion.

I would like to thank the fantastic members of MAC’s team for their continued support of the charity and strength throughout the last Covid-19 months.

Jonnie Turpie MBE, MAC Chair of Board