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MAC champions wellbeing through the arts with support from Eversheds Sutherland

Tue 12 October 2021
Nilupa Yasmin, Weaving Workshop, MAC Culture Club Credit: Kate Green

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) recognises the benefits that artistic experiences can have upon wellbeing. Through their busy programme of live theatre, free art exhibitions, independent cinema and practical courses, MAC provides a wealth of creative opportunities for Birmingham residents.

With the support of new partner, Eversheds Sutherland, MAC can continue to reach members of the local community through artist-led workshops, free events, and arts activities for all ages and abilities.

Welcoming over one million visits per year, MAC is one of the most popular arts centres in the Midlands. As a national leader in educational learning and participation work, as well as award-winning community outreach programmes, MAC is a centre of social cohesion and artistic excellence.

Owen Dutton, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland and MAC Board Member

Owen Dutton, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland and MAC Board Member, said: “Growing up in Birmingham, for me MAC was always a place of magic and making and fun. There really is no place like MAC! I want to make sure that MAC continues to thrive so that my two sons and the young people of Birmingham can continue to experience this fantastic gateway to the arts.

Throughout the pandemic it became even clearer how vital MAC is to our community, its welcoming presence in Cannon Hill Park was sorely missed. It is a truly unique place and symbolises the very best elements of our city. MAC celebrates our diversity, opens eyes to new experiences and allows people to create both art and new friendships.

It is fantastic that Eversheds Sutherland has recognised the importance of MAC, and the organisations will work together to connect even more people to art. In 2022, we will celebrate MAC’s 60th birthday and showcase our wealth of talent in the region as part of the Commonwealth Games Festival.”

Deborah Kermode, MAC CEO & Artistic Director, said: “We’re delighted to announce our new three-year partnership with Eversheds Sutherland. I would like to thank Eversheds Sutherland for their generous support, and for providing funding which allows our arts charity to continue to offer transformative experiences for audiences – reaching even more families, children, and members of our community that need us the most.

The last year has taught us safe spaces for communities are more important than ever for people’s mental health and wellbeing. We’re proud that not only does MAC provide safe spaces for creative learning, but is a microcosm of Birmingham; a place that celebrates diversity and where people from all walks of life come together.”

Recognising the importance of connecting communities through art, Eversheds Sutherland is now a strategic partner of MAC, and will support the arts charity through a three-year funding programme. By placing emphasis on the wellbeing of their staff and colleagues, Eversheds Sutherland plan to introduce creative experiences for their company through this new partnership.

About Eversheds Sutherland 

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 61 of the FTSE 100, 70 of the Fortune 100 and 128 of the Fortune 200.  With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 74 offices in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalized alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe. eversheds-sutherland.com