Museum & Galleries

Midlands Arts Centre

England / Europe

The Midland Arts Centre is an arts complex on an 8.6 acre site, Cannon Hill Park, for theatre, dance, music and comedy shows.  There is a cinema and there are workshops.  It was first opened as MAC (the Midlands Art Centre for Young People) in 1962 and between 2008 and 2010 it underwent at £15.2 million redevelopment reopening on 1 May 2010 to specialise in contemporary creative work.  It was founded by Councillor Frank Price and John English, a former industrial chemist.  An early popular feature was the Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre.  It fostered the early careers of people like Imelda Staunton, Tony Robinson and Adrian Lester.  Mike Leigh, the film director, experimented in improvisation with young people in the late 1960s.  Moving Parts was established in the 1990s as an annual Spring Festival to explore new developments in dance, physical and visual theatre.


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