Drawing and wellbeing walk: suburbs edition
Graham Chorlton
Midlands Arts Centre
Sat 05 Oct 2pm - 4pm
Drawing for wellbeing in Birmingham suburbs! Pop on some walking shoes and a waterproof and join us for a walk around local suburbs where exhibiting artist Graham Chorlton will give you an insight into how he researched his exhibition Suburbs and offers some tips on capturing the sights from the walk.

About Graham's exhibition:

An exhibition of new paintings by Birmingham based artist Graham Chorlton. Chorlton's work has often been based around images of the city, and this new exhibition looks at the suburbs which make up a large part of our cities and towns. Often overlooked or even dismissed as places where nothing happens, the reverse is true; this can be the location for dreaming, desire and imagination to grow.
Designed from the early 20th century onwards, suburbs were meant to be living places, somewhere between the urban and the rural, with space, light and breathing space. In fact, they occupy neither of these territories but rather a strange, constructed space of their own.   The exhibition will take the viewer on a journey through suburban streets, glimpsing or imagining lives lived within them.

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Tickets: £5

Suitable for ages: 16+

Organised by Midlands Arts Centre



Family Friendly Facilities: MAC has always been a family friendly venue, after all MAC started life as a centre for children and young people. As such, we strive to make ourselves as friendly – and functional – as possible.

Feeding your child
Please feel comfortable to breastfeed at MAC. Should you prefer privacy, a sofa is available in the large baby feeding/change room on the ground floor next to the café, but the choice is absolutely yours.
There is a microwave available in the café for you to warm food or bottles for weaning children, and a bottle warmer is available in the baby feeding room. Our café also offers a wide range of children's meals. 

Baby changing
Our baby change rooms have space for buggies and a nappy/wipe vending machine is also available in the main ground floor feeding room. We’ve tried to fill them with things you’ll need (hooks/shelves for changing bags, stools, soft mats, paper towels, sanitiser spray etc.)

Access for buggies
MAC's building is serviced by two lifts; one next to the Cinema and Arena Bar, and the other in Bridges Café Bar. These lifts and ramps make the building fully accessible for everyone moving around with wheels!

Accessibility:
Midlands Arts Centre is committed to offering a welcoming and accessible environment in which everyone can feel comfortable.We want to take the worry and difficulty out of your visit, so that you can focus on having a great time. We regularly work with consultants and artists to advise and evaluate what we do. 

Easy access
There is level, gently sloping or permanent ramped access into the building from the car park and from Cannon Hill Park, as well as throughout our building. Automatic doors into the building are available at both entrances. Portable ramps can also be made available if required. Access For wheelchairs and people with limited mobility Our café and bar, both on the ground floor, are fully accessible with plenty of room to manoeuvre. We have low counters at the café, bar and sales and information. We have designated wheelchair spaces inside the cinema and theatres, that are kept off general sale. If you require space for a wheelchair, please call or speak to our sales and information team on 0121 446 3232 to book. 
Lifts
There are two lifts in our building. All floors are serviced by our main lift, located close to our bar and cinema, which has tactile buttons and can accommodate a wheelchair, mobility scooter or buggy 80 cm wide. Another lift servicing the Bryant meeting rooms and Hexagon Theatre is located by our café. 

Coloured carpet
Different coloured flooring in contrasting tones are used in various places throughout the building to indicate where the gradient of the floor changes, to emphasise the boundaries. 

Carer tickets
We offer complimentary tickets to companions and carers assisting disabled customers for performances, cinema, talks and courses. 

Familiarising yourself
With prior arrangement, we are happy to show anyone around who would like to see our performance spaces during a quieter time, to familiarise themselves with areas, ask questions and to resolve any potential concerns they may have in advance of their visit. We will do our best to make reasonable adjustments so everyone can access mac. 

Assistance dogs
Assistance dogs are welcome in the public and performance spaces, and MAC is happy to provide bowls of water, which are usually outside in the terraced seating area leading to Cannon Hill Park. 

Emergency Call buttons
These are located throughout the building at safe refuge points, and can be used to request assistance from a member of staff in an emergency. All front-facing staff have been trained to operate ‘Evacusafe’ chairs.

Toilets and changing facilities
Accessible unisex toilets are available on every floor, fitted with alarm chords. A toilet with a hoist and shower is also available. If you require urgent access to a toilet you can make this known to staff at any time and they will ensure that you are quickly taken to the nearest toilet with discretion and dignity. 

First Aid room
We have a first aid room on the ground floor if needed, with two wheelchairs for emergency use within mac. 

Quiet room
We know that at times MAC is a very busy place and that the public space can be of sensory overload for some people. If someone is distressed or likely to be distressed in this situation, staff will always aim to identify a space that can be used discreetly for short periods. 

Services for people requiring supporting accessing visual or written information 
Large-print copies of our brochures, café menus and gallery labels are available on request from our sales and information desk, and to download from our website. Audio recordings can also be made on request. Staff will assist in reading short amounts of written material when available to do so. 

Sound enhancement
The induction loop system at MAC has been installed to provide clear, amplified sound to members of the public who may have a hearing impairment, to ensure that they have the best possible experience with us. We have two types of induction loop systems; a fixed loop and an infra-red loop
  • Fixed Induction Loop
    These are available in the bar, café, sales and information desk, and Pinsent Mason 1 and Deloitte meeting rooms. Anyone who wishes to use the system at the bar, café and sales and information desk must stand between the two blue stickers displayed on the wall and switch their hearing aid to the “T” function setting. The meeting room induction loops are available anywhere in the room.
  • Infra-red Induction Loops
    These are available in all indoor performance venues and studios, the Bryant, Saintbury, Cole and Roughley meeting rooms, and the Painting and Drawing, Textiles, Sculpture, Pottery, Jewellery and Weston studios.Within these rooms an infra- red hearing loop receiver must be worn in conjunction with the users hearing aid which has to be switched to the function setting “T”. These can be picked up from the sales and information desk.
We also have an Audio Accessibility Guide on our website: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/visit/access-facil

'Headlights', copyright Graham Chorlton


Midlands Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham
B12 9QH
0121 4463232

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