mima - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
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mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim in January 2007. Hosting temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present, mima showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists. Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.

mima is part of Middlesbrough Council and is funded by Middlesbrough Council and Arts Council England.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10.00 – 16.30
Thurs 10.00 – 19.00
(FREE parking on Thurs from 16.00)
Sun 12.00 - 16.00
Closed Mon and Bank Holidays

Admission charges


mima brings together Middlesbrough’s art collections for the first time.

The mima collection comprises outstanding fine and applied art from 1900 to the present day, with many pieces acquired by mima’s forerunners, Middlesbrough Art Gallery and the Cleveland Craft Centre.

Rather than being on permanent display, works from the collection are drawn upon throughout the exhibition programme. This gives mima's curators the opportunity to demonstrate the artistic quality of works acquired as well as constantly re-inventing the way in which works are presented.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of woman wearing large gold brooch

Jewellery Gallery

  • 4 October 2014 — 4 October 2024 *on now

mima has an outstanding collection of contemporary jewellery, one of the finest publicly-owned jewellery collections in the UK, to rival those of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Galleries of Scotland. Featuring beautiful, provocative and fascinating pieces, the collection has not previously been on permanent display. The collection includes work by Ted Noten, Gijs Bakker, Karl Fritsch, Wendy Ramshaw, Otto Künzli and Felieke van der Leest.

mima and Teesside University, in a joint project, have converted a 1292 square foot space that was previously a storeroom into a purpose-built gallery for the 228 piece collection. As well as the exciting new display and accompanying education and events programmes, mima and Teesside University have appointed two jewellers in residence, Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon and Gemma Draper. A joint project with Teesside University, with funding from Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



The Office of Useful Art - Ongoing

  • 21 July 2015 — 21 July 2016 *on now

presenting case studies from the Archive of Arte Útil and reintroducing the old idea that art is not for its own sake, but a tool for social change.

The office is not an art exhibition but a working office for the association open to the public and at the core of mima’s new philosophy.

Artworks from our collection will be displayed alongside this archive, which we could consider being examples of useful art – you are invited to participate in this working office, with opportunities to make, create and share your ideas of what useful art means to you.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


  • 6 February — 6 March 2016 *on now

#weRallbananas, presents outcomes of a partnership with Middlesbrough-based film-maker Laura Degnan, who was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Mental Health Research Centre, Durham University throughout 2015, and mental heath group, Youth Speak.
The display consists of a film and photographs associated with the #weRallbananas campaign, paying tribute to the daily battle on and around mental health.
Youth Speak and Degnan invited the public to write advice onto a banana and share an image of it on social media, creating the #weRallbananas campaign.
Youth Speak is a group organised by young people whose activities aim to raise awareness and combat the stigmas often associated with mental health. During 2015 Youth Speak partnered with the Middlesbrough-based film-maker Laura Degnan to develop a series of positive visual representations of mental health with and for young people.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaises

Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaises

  • 6 February — 15 May 2016 *on now

The Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaises is a group based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. It brings together plantation workers who engage in art making at settlements of the Institute for Human Activities in the country’s rainforest. This organisation was established by the Dutch artist Renzo Martens for the purpose of effecting social change.

This exhibition features sculptural portraits or representations of art-market figures such as the collector. Each one is moulded from clay and then reproduced in Belgian chocolate through multiple technologies, including 3D scanning and printing. Profits generated from the sale of these works are directed back to the artists, improving their living conditions and helping redressing global economic inequalities.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Basil Beattie, When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades

Basil Beattie, When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades

  • 20 February — 5 June 2016

When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades is a survey of the British artist Basil Beattie’s practice from the 1980s to today. Beattie is an influential painter in the UK and internationally, having contributed to the development of the post–Second World War pictorial tradition with a personal, existential approach to abstract expressionism.

The exhibition brings together works exploring various themes and formal issues. Highlights include gestural iconographies that associate the grid structure with ‘primitive’ motifs as well as depictions that reference architectural elements. The featured pieces convey feelings of imprisonment or freedom, encapsulating a spiritual engagement with the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

mini mima


A fun interactive morning session with focused art activities, free-play, circle time and refreshments for children aged 0-4 years.

How to obtain

Booking is essential and sessions cost £3. Contact mima@middlesbrough.gov.uk for more details.

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