The Midlands Art Center (MAC) has been part of my life since I came to Birmingham as a student over 26 years ago. Like any normal friendship its had periods of intensity and periods of neglect but always featured in someway whether it was when I was a single girl with time to socialise there or as a mum with toddlers needing a run about the park or as a stifled creative finding periods of creative bliss on short courses.
chance providence I have been lucky enough to find some work there since last year as a tutor bringing together all the phases of my life studying art, textiles, printing and working with children and I can’t tell you how much I love it – it’s rounded out my solitary life in the studio and I get to be part of the MAC family with all the benefits that brings.
On my way to teach my classes I walk along a corridor where this exhibition is currently hanging: Made at mac: life drawing – some of the work of the Saturday life drawing class.
There is such life and joy in these pieces; I was immediately inspired by them. Such clever ways using mixed media to describe the human body.
My favourite is this one using newspaper and paint to use positive and negative spaces – genius.
Well worth a look if you’re a local.