Belfast Telegraph

Twenty new jobs to be filled at the MAC ahead of 2012 opening

By Clare Weir

The new £18m Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast has begun a new recruitment drive.

The MAC already employs 14 people and is now looking for a curator and a business development manager.

The venue is set to open next February and 20 new posts are expected to be created by then.

It is hoped the new facility will attract around 177,000 visitors-per-year and will play a major role in the ongoing regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter.

The MAC will be the only facility in the UK and Ireland which houses theatre, visual arts, dance and education in one space.

Chief executive Anne McReynolds welcomed the start of the recruitment effort.

"The MAC will be an economic driver in the region as well as putting Northern Ireland at the heart of the contemporary art scene," she said.

"It has been established that for every £1 invested in the arts a further £4 is attracted in private investment.

"We will be attracting almost 200,000 people to the MAC every year and the tourism spin-offs that will bring are clear.

"By the time we open next year 20 new staff will have been recruited to join the existing team, making a total of 34 full-time jobs.

"That is a very direct and immediate positive economic impact. The MAC is set to change the face of Belfast and Northern Ireland for the better, starting now."