Made at MAC: Digital Zines

7 Jul 2023 – 7 Jan 2024

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09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00
09:00 – 22:00

Free admission

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Midlands Arts Centre

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus routes with stops close to MAC include: 1, 35, 41, 45/47, 61/63. Check NX West Midlands for more information.
  • MAC is situated near to four train stations; Five Ways, University, Selly Oak and Birmingham New Street. The closest station is Five Ways - being 1.3 miles away, followed by University (1.4), then Selly Oak (1.5) and finally Birmingham New Street (1.7).
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Digital Zines is an exhibition of work created by seven Birmingham secondary schools during summer 2023 as part of Reframe, a new digital skills project sponsored by Apple.


109 students took part, creating a collaborative zine, a DIY magazine, for their school, along with many handmade artworks that they transformed into digital art using Apple iPads and multi-media software.

Each zine presents the children’s concerns about the climate emergency and acts as a call to action.  They ask us to act now, to be kinder to ourselves and to wildlife, and invite us to make our pledge to save the planet.

The exhibition includes a specially commissioned Augmented Reality artwork by Sakab Bashir and artwork created by MAC’s Artist Tutors who worked on the project Allie Litherland, Martin McNally, Nicole Justice and Sakab Bashir.

In this interactive exhibition, you can explore the online gallery of the Digital Zines through a touchscreen on site here at MAC or through the online gallery below. 

Reframe is supported by Apple and produced by the Southbank Centre with Factory International, STEAMhouse and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). The ambitious programme is part of Apple’s global Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) – marking REJI’s expansion into Europe. 

 Reframe has two strands

  • The Residency: an intensive, industry-led training and development programme for up to 80 emerging creatives aged 18 – 30 looking to develop their skills in music, photography and film-making.
  •  Inspire Schools: a project for 21 secondary schools to spark a passion for creativity among the next generation of talent, providing a powerful creative experience for participants early in their creative journeys. 

These two distinct programmes are offered across three creative hubs in London (the Southbank Centre), in Manchester (Factory International) and in Birmingham (STEAMhouse and Midlands Arts Centre). Collectively, this partnership aims to inspire Black creatives to make the art of the future, building a cultural legacy for the UK.

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