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In 2017, ten years after its opening, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art is launching a collection gallery. We are excited to be putting the collection at the forefront of our programme, and to make it from this point onward a permanent basis of our exhibitions. The collection gallery will feature a wide range of work made by local, national and international artists across the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

We encourage you to help us shape our collection gallery. One of the most popular works in the Middlesbrough collection, and one we will certainly include, is The Old Town Hall and St. Hilda’s Church, Middlesbrough (1959) by L. S. Lowry. What else do you think should be shown? Do you have a favourite work? One that evokes a particular memory? We want to hear from you.

We invite you to join us for a tour of the collection storage, taking place on 10 and 17 November, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. You’ll have a chance to talk to a curator, browse works and make suggestions for the gallery. Please email Isabella Adam at i.adam@tees.ac.uk if you would like to attend either of these events. If you already know of a work you would like to see in the collection gallery, please let us know through the same address before 1 December.

The Middlesbrough Collection was developed by Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Cleveland Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre, and has grown further since the combination of these entities into the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. It comprises drawing, painting, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, photography and video from the nineteenth century until today. It includes works by Patrick Caulfield, Otto Künzli, Glynn Porteous, Lucie Rie, Bridget Riley, Kara Walker, Stephen Willats, and many more

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 jewellery.

Today the collection continues to grow in size and cultural significance.

View the collection online 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.




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