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Middlesbrough has had an art collection for many years, though it was not until mima was conceived in the late 1990s that it was suggested that the collection be united under one roof. Previous to this, the collection was split across the town’s three arts venues - the Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the Cleveland Craft Centre and the Cleveland Gallery.
The collection is comprised of art from around 1900 to the present day.
It has developed in three areas; fine art, 20th century ceramics and artist-made jewellery. Today the collection continues to grow is size and cultural significance.
View the collection online here.
Book a behind the scenes tour here.
Works from mima collection have been loaned to venues like the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Fundacion Juan March, Madrid; Tate St Ives; the Crafts Council, London and Downing Street.
mima’s collecting policy focuses on work post-1900, or that which falls under the umbrella of ‘Modernism’. It explores relationships between modern and contemporary, and fine art and craft .