mac birmingham

In association with mac birmingham, Trevor Pitt has devised the anticurate project as a challenge to the authorial figure of the curator. Imagined as a version of an open exhibition the project will unfold over six exhibitions in which democratic and collective approaches to exhibition curating will test conventions of the visual art space.


If you are interested in either submitting work, taking part in selecting work as an anticurator or visiting the exhibitions go to mac Birmingham website for full details of how to get involved.


We Want Your Art!
9 July 11am - 6pm & 13 July 2pm - 8pm

For your opportunity to exhibit at mac birmingham, submit your artwork to anticurate during our Open Day and you’ll be guaranteed a place in one of 6 anticurate exhibitions. Our anticurators will be on hand throughout the day so you can influence them in an attempt to ensure your artwork is chosen for exhibition.

Conditions of entry:

– You must be an artist living or working in the West Midlands

– You are entitled to submit one artwork which must have been created within the past 12 months

– Artwork must be able to be carried by one person, shown or talked about

– Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

To view or download full terms and conditions please click here.

To download additional information about the anticurate project please click here.


Main Gallery
1 Aug – 11 Sept 2011

Each week will see a new exhibition that has been selected by our anticurators from the artworks submitted at the Open Day. Our anticurators include people who have been recruited from: Ikon Youth programme & Project Platform; Young at Heart' Extra Special People professional development programme at Eastside Projects and mac birmingham staff. The final exhibition will show all artworks submitted.


Exhibition 1: Thu 4-Sun 7 Aug

Selected by members of the Extra Special People professional development programme at Eastside Projects: Alison Tarry and Tim Stock.

Preview Wed 3 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 2: Thu 11- Sun 14 Aug

Selected by members of mac birmingham staff

Preview Wed 10 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 3: Thu 18- Sun 21 Aug

Selected by members of Ikon Youth Programme 

Preview Wed 17 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 4: Thu 25-Sun 28 Aug

Selected by members of Young at Heart

Preview Wed 24 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 5: Thu 1- Sun 4 Sep

Selected by Carli Frances and Rosie Carmichael of No Aloha arts collective.

Preview Wed 31 Aug 6pm


Exhibition project 6: Thu 8- Sun 11 Sep

All artworks will be exhibited

Preview Wed 7 Sep 6pm


Terrace Gallery
1 Aug – 11 Sept 2011

During the course of the project anticurate will explore and question the notion of curating, and the hierarchies that are normally attached to the process. As a way of stimulating the debate Trevor Pitt and mac Birmingham’s Visual Arts producer Craig Ashley will be inviting artists, curators, critics and arts workers to respond to the question What does the word curate mean to you? As the responses come in they will be fly-posted directly to the walls of the Terrace Gallery and in turn visitors will be able to add their responses to them.