Midlands Arts Centre, 2011

Testing the conventions and authority of the visual art space Anticurate is devised as a platform to explore democratic and collective approaches to exhibition curating.

With 351 participating artists, anticurate is among the most ambitious and engaging projects embarked upon at mac birmingham.

Each week in our first floor gallery over the summer holiday period, different groups of anticurators – people who don’t usually curate – select from the 351 works of art contributed by artists from Birmingham and beyond to create a series of unique exhibitions.

The anticurator groups charged with selecting the exhibitions include: young people from Ikon Youth Programme; a group of older people from Young at Heart; members of the Extra Special People professional development programme at Eastside Projects; mac birmingham operations staff; and new arts collective No Aloha.

All 351 works of art were displayed in exhibition during the final week of the project.