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We present History Repeats Itself, a selection of artworks from the Middlesbrough Collection that enable us to tell stories about political events, from colonial histories, to issues related to identity, where gender plays a significant role.

Two solo shows from Chinese female artists are presented as part of NOW. Female artists have long been marginalised and left at the fringes of Chinese art historical debates and this partnership project addresses this. Artist Ma Qiusha explores the cultural gap between her own and preceding generations. Her exhibition examines themes of personal identity and collective memory, and includes two commissions. Shen Xin’s work addresses power relations, intertwining the personal and the political. Her exhibition features the Records of Rites (2014), a poetic inquiry into themes of cultural exchange and nationalism.

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).