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A Celebration of 10 Years

11 February 2017 12:00 pm - 11 February 2017 4:00 pm

A decade after mima opened its doors, we welcome all to remember and celebrate the friendships, ideas and experiences we have shared. Join us for our birthday bash which includes tours, performances, making workshops and a communal lunch.

This party marks the launch of a new, permanent display of the Middlesbrough Collection. An array of pieces from the town’s collection of modern and contemporary art and craft which have been selected by the gallery’s users, constituent groups, visitors and staff.

Like the display, this day features contributions from many of our constituent groups. Those who have selected artworks for the Middlesbrough Collection display give short introductions throughout the day.

Members of mini mima, our under-fives group, host a special Art Trolley with activities for children. Streetwise Opera, who work with those who have experienced homelessness, perform a medley of pieces. Students from Teesside University’s Dance programme air a short new piece in response to the collection.

All are invited to join us and help to celebrate.  Our schedule for the day is as follows:


12.00pm – 1.00pm – Creative Age drop-in making session with our dementia friendly group

12.00pm – 1.30pm – New Boosbeck Industries give a demonstration on making furniture and other items

1.00pm – Communal lunch for everyone (free)

1.00pm – 4.00pm – Art Trolley session led by our mini mima group.  The under-five year old children will be showing us how to be creative!

1.30pm – 2.00pm – Marske Fishermen’s Choir perform a medley of songs

2.00pm – 2.45pm – Streetwise Opera singing workshop where you can join in with the choir

3.00pm – 4.30pm – paid bar provided by The Smeltery

3.30pm – 4.30pm – steel drums musical performance

Collections Gallery

2.00pm – 3.00pm – there will be short introductions from a number of people from the community who have contributed to selecting works for the Middlesbrough Collection

2.30 & 3.30pm – short contemporary dance performances from dance students at Teesside University

Centre for Social Making

2.00pm – 3.30pm – Cloth Club are hosting a drop in session where you can learn to make rag rugs

Also happening at mima

  • Winifred Nicholson Colour of Liberation exhibition: come along and take part in self-led drawing sessions in the galleries.  There will be materials available for use.

There’s plenty to see, take part in, watch and talk about and everyone is welcome.

The Middlesbrough Collection

The Middlesbrough Collection, inherited from the Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the Cleveland Craft Centre and the Cleveland Gallery, includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, ceramics and jewellery dating from the 1900’s to the present day. For more information, please visit  visit Collection

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