Sean Bean Presents The MAC Video

The Game of Thrones star narrates an animated video tour of Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre

Hollywood actor and Game of Thrones leading man, Sean Bean, has joined forces with The MAC in a sneak peak video of the new £18m arts centre, which is near completion in Belfast’s Saint Anne’s Square.

The animation was developed by Belfast-based production company Big Lolly, who specialise in demonstrating proposed built environment projects and products through the use of computer generated 3-dimensional models.

In the video, the actor - who is also an Ambassador for The MAC - says: 'A thriving creative industries sector is key to the success of a modern city. It is fantastic to see Belfast having the vision to create an iconic centre like The MAC which puts both Belfast and the arts on the world stage.'

Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, The MAC opens its doors to the public in early 2012. Built at a cost of £18m, the First Minister and Deputy First Minister recently topped out the building, starting the countdown to the opening next year.

University of Ulster researchers have been unable to identify a building in the UK, Ireland or Europe that includes the same configuration of spaces. The MAC houses two theatres, three major visual art galleries, a dance studio, an artist residence space and a range of education, workshop and rehearsal spaces.

Designed by Northern Irish architects Hackett, Hall & McKnight, the building combines world-class design with a distinct Northern Ireland feel through the use of locally sourced materials. The video includes previously unseen views of the interior.

Chief Executive of The MAC, Anne McReynolds, said: 'The MAC is a testament to the success of devolution. It will cement Belfast and Northern Ireland’s position as an international beacon of arts and culture. The building opens early 2012 and this video provides the first preview of how the interior will look.

'Sean Bean's support, and the ongoing support of Hollywood actress and patron, Meryl Streep, means that those near and far eagerly await the opening of what is the most exciting addition to the Belfast arts scene for decades.'