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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, part of Teesside University, is moving forward with a civic agenda, to reconnect art with its social function and promote art as a tool for changing the world.  With this vision, we see ourselves as a ‘useful’ museum.


We wish to have an influence on society, taking a leading role in addressing current issues within politics, economics and culture.  Our programmes encompass urgent themes such as housing, migration, inequality, regeneration and healthcare.


We offer changing exhibitions, collection displays, learning activities, projects, and community-focused initiatives that involve multiple artists and publics. These programmes promote creativity for everyone in ordinary life, through education, activism and making.


We have been developing relationships with constituencies in Middlesbrough and beyond. Our ambition is that these help us shape who we are: a public site, open and accessible, diverse and inclusive, and used by all.


What's on

Plan your visit

Opening times


Our museum is closed on Mondays, we are open:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 4.30pm

Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

You can contact us on:  01642 931232

The Smeltery cafe is open from:

Monday to Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Thursday 8.30am – 7.00pm

Saturday 10am – 4.30pm

Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

The Smeltery telephone number is 01642 245679

Evening party hires available and evening restaurant service returns in the Summer.





Current exhibitions

Making, A Life

20 October 2018 11:00 am - 3 February 2019 4:00 pm

Image: Untitled, Peter Hodgson Making, A Life is an exhibition of the work of the Cumbrian Folk artist Peter Hodgson and collaborators. It includes pieces in diverse materials including ceramics, leather,…

Living Beyond Limits

20 October 2018 11:00 am - 3 February 2019 4:00 pm

Image: Edward Burra, Sailors at a Bar circa 1930, Ink on paper Purchased with assistance from the Arts Council England/Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund   To be queer is to…

Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Tales of Valiant Queens

20 October 2018 11:00 am - 3 February 2019 4:00 pm

Image credit: Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Punjabi Rockers 2005.  Image courtesy of the artist. Chila Kumari Singh Burman is a British Asian artist who makes prints, sculptures and films that…

Life Works

20 October 2018 10:00 am - 3 February 2019 4:00 pm

Image credit: Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Love Not Gold, 2009, Cibachrome print.  Image courtesy of the artist We close our galleries on the ground floor at 16:00 on Sunday 7…

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