mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Centre Square, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS1 2AZ
  • Telephone 01642 931232
  • Opening times Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am–4.30pm; Thu 10am–7pm; Sun noon–4pm.
  • Food served Tue–Sat 9am–4pm; Sun noon–2.30pm; first Thu of every month 9am–7pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.visitmima.com
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mima, which formally opened in 2007, is the heir of a long tradition of public art in Middlesbrough, inheriting the collections of the Cleveland Crafts Centre and Middlesbrough Art Gallery and housing them in a remarkable building from Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. Rather than rely on permanent exhibitions, the gallery team constantly rotate what's on show from a diverse collection of modern art, which features pieces from Frank Auerbach, LS Lowry, Anne Redpath, Paula Rego, Elizabeth Blackadder, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Gwen John, Tracey Emin and many others.

There's an ongoing programme of talks and events, such as life drawing classes and store tours for adults, and drawing workshops and other art activities for kids. The airy cafe offers sandwiches, paninis and hot and cold drinks, and the gallery also hosts occasional live events and open mic nights.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) is the useful museum, a civic institution that promotes art as a tool for social change.

Its programme integrates exhibitions and collection displays with learning activities, off-site projects, commissions and community-focused initiatives. It plays a key role in the cultural ecology of North East England, particularly Teesside, and is internationally recognised for its mission.

mima is part of Teesside University and funded by Arts Council England and Middlesbrough Council. It is a member of the Plus Tate network and partner of ‘The Uses of Art – The Legacy of 1848 and 1989’, a project by the European museums confederation L’Internationale

Visit the mima shop to discover a unique range of hand crafted ceramics and jewellery, great gift ideas and art books & magazines. With family friendly interactive guides, maps, doodle sheets, drawing materials, special events and a family welcome area, mima is a great place to get creative with the little ones.

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  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 2007

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