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Meet at mima

Join curator and researcher James Beighton to explore some of Middlesbrough’s public art. We visit key works commissioned through the twentieth and twenty-first century and talk about the impact and importance of art in the public realm.

We think about how the shape and use of the town has shifted in the past 50 years and look at how public art has been part of the cultural and physical landscape of Middlesbrough. By exploring works that have changed, been moved and disappeared, we discuss the passing of time in relation to pieces that were often commissioned as permanent works.

Beighton is currently researching histories of art in Teesside. This event provides context for a new, temporary public work by artists Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan that will be completed in Autumn 2017. Tatham and O’Sullivan’s practice often provokes debates around identity and representations of place.

We will be on the move for the majority of this event so please wear comfortable and warm clothes and shoes. If the weather is very poor we will make alternative plans.

Please sign up for this event by emailing Elinor Morgan on

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 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. The programme includes painting, drawing, ceramics, jewellery, sound, film, mixed media, photography and sculpture.

The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show.

Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am-4.30pm
Wednesday 10am-4.30pm
Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-4.30pm
Saturday 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm


Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available on request. Disabled parking is available at the gallery. Blue badges and motorcycles are FREE. For further information please contact mima reception on 01642 931232 (Reception available during gallery opening times).