The Big Draw at MAC
Jenna Naylor, Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane
Part of The Hills Are Shadows exhibition
Midlands Arts Centre
Join us for a mass participation drawing in the heart of our exhibition 'The Hills Are Shadows'.
Canadian artists Jim Holyoak and
Matt Shane work together to produce large scale drawing installations, creating worlds within worlds where beached whales grow cities from
their backs and creatures lurk in the lush undergrowth. The
artist’s sketch animals (real, imagined and extinct), landforms and
architecture, and then gradually flesh out these landscapes using pencils,
inky brooms, brushes, stencils, spritzers and atomizers.
Their immersive drawing installations are made in a marathon
fashion, expanding across entire walls over the course of an exhibition and we invite you to come to our Big Draw event to create a drawing on a similar scale.
Using the same techniques and with the artists guidance join in with our mass participation drawing to create a Big Draw world full of strange creatures, weird houses and giant forests.
Presented as part of the Bedlam Festival we will explore the powerful impact drawing has on wellbeing with a series of drawing for wellbeing events- check our listings for more chances to take part!
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This is a free event
Suitable for ages:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer complimentary tickets to companions and carers assisting disabled customers for performances, cinema, talks and courses.
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 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.
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.
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.
We also have an Audio Accessibility Guide on our website: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/visit/access-facil
- 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.