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Localism nominated for Culture Award

12 April 2016


Localism, our major 2015 exhibition has been nominated for Best Event in Teesside as part of The Journal Culture Awards 2016.

Running for four months from October 2015, Localism was more than a traditional art exhibition. It was an ambitious project which told the story of art in Middlesbrough from its beginning in 1829 to the present. We joined up people and places across the region to celebrate and debate their own cultural history and the impact on the wider world. Essentially, it was an exhibition for and about the people of Teesside.

Localism reasserted the importance of the local in the development of society. With this in mind, it was conceived as a crowd-sourced, user-generated show which took a retrospective look back at artists which have lived in the region. A ‘family tree’ of creativity on Teesside was established through the gathering of artefacts and artworks, and displays were regularly updated based on public feedback and contributions. It also provided a forum for public meetings, debates and conversations which were prompted by the exhibition.

Some of the topics Localism addressed included Christopher Dresser and the Linthorpe Pottery, bridge building, the Boosbeck Industries in the 1930s and the existence of mima itself. Resident artists set up workshops teaching skills such as furniture design, weaving and pottery making, referring to local heritage to revisit ‘forgotten’ trades from the region.

Winners will be announced at The Journal Culture Awards 2016 which takes place on Tuesday April 26 at Sunderland Minster.


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