14th Aug 2019 in Arts

The removal of  scaffolding on the facade of The MAC in St. Anne’s Square has been welcomed by Cathedral Quarter BID.

Stonework at the entrance of the £18m award winning building started to crumble in 2015 – just three years after it first opened.

Gareth Neill, CQ BID (Business Improvement District) Manager, said: “This is fantastic news. The MAC is obviously a fantastic resource for the city and a key cultural driver for the Cathedral Quarter area in particular.”

In a statement the Senior Leadership Team at the MAC said: “We are delighted by the emerging beauty of the repaired MAC façade now that the scaffolding has been removed from our St. Anne’s Square elevation as part of the ongoing project.

“Once again the great work inside the MAC  – in our galleries, theatres and workshops – will be accessed via a striking exterior.

“We are very grateful to our DCQ neighbours in the square for their understanding during the period of the works and we encourage all our fellow DCQ members to enjoy the refreshed beauty of the MAC and St. Anne’s Square for yourselves.

“And while you’re here why not grab a coffee and a bun, buy a ticket for an upcoming show or visit our newly opened exhibitions showcasing the work of outstanding Italian artists and curators alongside a major exhibition of new work by Belfast-based painter, Mark McGreevy.”

The arts venue boasts two theatres, three visual art galleries, a dance studio, workshops, a cafe and a bar.

In 2013 the building was recognised for its architectural excellence with a National Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Photo: John Donnelly | @modelcitizen.ie

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