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The MAC invites NI public to share experiences of home life in lockdown


A Belfast arts venue is inviting the Northern Ireland public to exhibit what home has meant to them during the coronavirus lockdown.

As part of a specially commissioned series of short films, titled ‘Home’, the MAC is gathering images and words from across NI to capture the experience felt by locals during life in lockdown.

The films should reflect the positive, comforting elements as well as the negative and perhaps challenging aspects of what we have faced at home, and the more mundane things we associate with home life.

They can encompass items, places, people, relationships you have built and anything that represents the feelings you have towards them.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC said: “During the crisis and without access to our theatres, galleries, music venues and concert halls, many of us have still turned to reading, listening to music and creating art to find comfort, strength and hope. We have engaged closely and intently with our friends and family - together and online - to create beautiful things in the downtime, at home.

“This new video project will produce a collective artistic response to lives in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic and we want to include as many interpretations as possible. That’s why we’re asking the public to submit photos or words that capture their experiences of lockdown."

The MAC is asking for images that represent home, but also welcomes poems, song lyrics or passages from a book or play that people associate with home or Northern Ireland.

These extracts will accompany the videos and will create the soundtrack which will be performed by people from all walks of life.

“We’ll be working with a team of video and photographic artists, actors and musicians to bring the series together. However, this project belongs to the public so we urge everyone who has taken comfort from the arts or from being at home to get involved," Simon continued.

“We want to celebrate all the moments that have given you discomfort, joy and reassurance over these past few months, fusing them together to create a unique communal perspective of our experiences.”

To submit your images or verses, send them via email to home@themaclive.com. For more information visit www.themaclive.com

Belfast Telegraph