mac: Anticurate – We Want Your Art

mac birmingham press release :: 22 June


mac birmingham calls out for West Midland art


Open Day – Sat 9 Jul 2011,

11am – 6pm


Exhibitions – Wed 3 Aug – Sun 7 Sep 2011


On Sat 9 Jul mac birmingham will transform into an Antique Road Show style space and call upon artists from the West Midlands to bring their art and pitch to a panel of anticurators. Artists will be pitching for a chance to have their work chosen and exhibited in mac birmingham’s first floor gallery.


All part of a project titled anticurate, the Open Day begins what is mac birmingham’s version of an open exhibition. In association with mac bimringham, artist Trevor Pitt has devised the anticurate project as a platform to explore democratic and collective approaches to exhibition curating.


Over six weeks mac birmingham’s main gallery will host six unquie exhibitions that will be selected from artworks submitted at the Open Day on Sat 9 Jul.


Each exhibition will be organised by groups, called anticurators, who have been invited by mac birmingham to curate an exhibition. They include


       young people from Project Platform and Ikon Youth programme

       a group of older people from Young at Heart

       members of the Extra Special People professional development programme at Eastside Projects

       a selection of mac birmingham staff


anticurators will be on hand throughout the Open Day and artists will be asked to influence them in an attempt to ensure their artwork is chosen for exhibition. All works submitted during the Open Day will be shown in the final exhibition on Thu 8 to Sun 11 Sep but if artists use their time well and deliver a great pitch to the anticurators they may find their artwork taking centre stage in a variety of the anticurate exhibitions throughout August and September.


For those who can’t make it on Sat 9 Jul there will also be an opportunity to submit artwork between 4pm and 8pm on Wed 13 Jul at mac birmingham’s Sales and Information desk.


To create their unique exhibitions the anticurators will be using a flexible exhibition structure and space that has been specially designed by Juneau Projects, and their work will be supported by independent curators Charlie Levine and Trevor Pitt, the exhibition team and mac birmingham.


Local artist Trevor Pitt commentsI devised the project to break down some of the barriers that people face when they try to get their artwork seen in a gallery. So, whether you make paintings, sound, sculpture, performance, photography, knitting, video or community projects my message to you is – as long as you define what you're doing as art then WE WANT YOUR ART!




For press enquires please contact Katie Reid, 0121 446 3238


Notes to Editor


Open Day Date

Sat 9 Jul, 11am –6pm


Additional Submission Day

Wed 13 Jul, 4-8pm


Condition of Entry: 


– You must be an artist living or working in the West Midlands

– You are entitled to submit one artwork which must have been created within the past 12 months

– Artwork must be able to be carried by one person, shown or talked about

– Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Complete terms and conditions can be found here. alternatively email


anticurate Exhibition Dates



Exhibition 1: Thu 4-Sun 7 Aug

Members of the Extra Special People professional development programme at Eastside Projects: Alison Tarry and Tim Stock

Preview Wed 3 Aug 6pm


Exhibition 2: Thu 11- Sun 14 Aug

Members of mac, Birmingham staff

Preview Wed 10 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 3: Thu 18- Sun 21 Aug

Members of Ikon Youth Programme and Project Platform

Preview Wed 17 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 4: Thu 25-Sun 28 Aug

Members of Young at Heart

Preview Wed 24 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 5: Thu 1- Sun 4 Sep

Selected by open submission

Preview Wed 31 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 6: Thu 8- Sun 11 Sep

All artworks will be exhibited

Preview Wed 7 Sep 6pm

About mac

Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four performance auditoria, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, and a visual art gallery, mac birmingham presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. mac birmingham is the most visited arts centre in the Midlands and is renowned for its family friendly and inclusive approach. Originally intended for children, the centre now caters for audiences young and old, from the local community and beyond.


Re-opened in May 2010 after extensive refurbishment, the arts centre boasts stunning architecture and a high level of accessibility. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park and home to the Bridges Bar Café for meals and snacks, and the stylish Arena Bar for evening drinks, the centre is well worth a visit.


mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH


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