Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) will welcome two new exhibitions, The Influence Project and Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement, this month.

The Influence Project is photography exhibition celebrating the impact that leading Black musicians have had on contemporary sound and culture, and their enduring creative, social and political influence on new generations of artists.  

The collection features portraits of over 100 artists, plus a selection of photographs shown publicly for the first time ever. Bringing together stories of artists from across the globe, including those with strong Birmingham connections such as MOBO Award-winner Laura Mvula, Walsall-born, Soul singer/songwriter Jorja Smith, plus celebrated Jazz musician Soweto Kinch, The Influence Project chronicles musical pioneers from the mid-to-late 20th century. 

The Influence Project will be on display from Saturday 18th January until Sunday 22nd March.

The Disability Arts Movement were a civil rights group of artists and activists who fought the marginalisation of disabled people. Their work supported the struggle of Disability Rights activists, which led to the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995.  This exhibition, Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement, presents some of the art work, along with objects used by activists, that raised awareness and effected political change for disabled people. Curated by Anna Berry, Resident Curator from DASH's Curatorial Commissions Programme for Deaf & Disabled Curators.

Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement will be on display from Saturday 11th January until Sunday 22nd March.

To find out more about these exhibitions and what else is happening at MAC, head to macbirmingham.co.uk


Photo: Erykah Badu © Alexis Chabala - taken from The Influence Project