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Kate Brindley to step down as Director


10 February 2014
Kate Brindley at mima

Kate Brindley at mima

KATE Brindley is to step down after nearly five years at the helm of mima.

Her departure follows her appointment as Interim Director of Arnolfini Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Bristol. Kate is relocating to be with her family, who are based in Bristol.

Kate took over from founding Director Godfrey Worsdale in July, 2009 and has overseen mima’s continued development as one of the UK’s leading contemporary art venues.

During her tenure she has overseen a 160% increase in mima’s funding from Arts Council England (ACE), enabling the gallery to maintain its high quality programme and further develop its renowned collection.

The gallery, which celebrated its seventh birthday last month, has attracted nearly one million visitors and played host to works by some of biggest names in the art world including David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor and Carl Andre. The current show by local artist William Tillyer is one of its most successful to date.

Last November Middlesbrough Council and Teesside University announced the formation of a new partnership to further develop mima’s role in the town.

Teesside University will be taking over the day-to-day running of mima, with the Council retaining its involvement as a main funding partner alongside Arts Council England.

Kate, who was previously Director of Museums, Galleries and Archives for Bristol City Council, said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with colleagues at mima and across the region over the last five years to strengthen mima’s reputation nationally and its affection locally.

“The partnership with Teesside University will allow mima to continue to flourish for years to come.

 “I am very proud of the work I have done in preparing for this next step and I want to wish all those involved the greatest success for the future.”

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “mima has firmly established itself not just as a gallery but as a brand of international standing, and over the last five years Kate has played a key role in that process.

“Kate has also been instrumental in developing the partnership with Teesside University which will ensure mima continues to go from strength to strength as a world class centre for modern art.

“I’d like to thank her for everything she has achieved, and wish her all the best in her future career.”

Malcolm Page, Teesside University Chief Operating Officer, said: “mima and Teesside University have enjoyed close links for a long time and we are now looking forward to working together within a formal partnership agreement in the near future.

“I would like to thank Kate for all her work on the partnership and with Teesside University. I wish her well in her new role and for the future.

“The new partnership marks the start of an exciting time and once the agreement is finalised we will be able to begin work to join up our activities which will bring significant benefits to both mima and the University.”

Kate will leave mima at the end of March and a successor will be appointed in due course.


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