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February – June 2014

Art and Optimism in 1950 s Britain DESIGN / FINE ART / scu lpture

What’s on Guide Art / Café / Shop / Events / Talks Workshops / Family activities Middlesbrough’s free modern art gallery

Exhibitions 31 January – 4 April 21 February – 29 June 28 February – 24 April 11 April – 27 June 2 May – 4 September 5 – 22 June

Welcome to mima

Markus Karstiess: Hello Darkness Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain Metal: AV Festival 14 Exhibition Contemporary Art Society: Damn Braces: Bless Relaxes Chance Finds Us ¡VAMOS! Exhibition

Exhibitions Kids & Family Adult Workshops & Events Talks & Tours Visual Arts Network

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Saturday 1 1950s Festival 12 – 4pm Tuesday 11 Visual Art and Business: Work Together 10.30am – 3pm Saturday 15 Adult Drop-in Yoga 10.30 – 11.30am Saturday 15 Family Zumba 2 – 3pm Sunday 16 Adult Drop-in Pilates 12.30 – 1.30pm Sunday 16 Family Street Dance 2 – 3pm Thursday 20 Symposium #desiredfutures 7: 5 – 7pm Working with the Space Thursday 20 Curator’s Talk: Art and Optimism 12 – 1pm in 1950s Britain Thursday 27 Teachers’ Network Event 4.30 – 6.30pm Saturday 29 Fashion in 1950s Britain: Then and Now 11am – 12pm Saturday 29 Curator’s Talk: Art and Optimism 12 – 1pm in 1950s Britain Saturday 29 Make Do and Mend Workshop 1 – 4pm Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 Easter Holiday Art Trolley 11am – 12pm Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 Easter Holiday Art Trolley 11am – 12pm


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mima is fantastic. The exhibitions rival anything I can see in London galleries.

Great visit – friendly “staff. Lovely building, food and impressive exhibitions.


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mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ 01642 726 720 / mima photography, unless otherwise stated, is the work of eve photography, Gilmar Ribeiro, John Buchan, Cal Carey, Thierry Bal and Colin Davison.


World-class exhibitions Award-winning architecture Enthusiastic staff Interactive trails Family activities Special events Creative workshops and talks


Thursdays mini mima 10 – 11.30am (term time only) Thursdays Life Drawing 5.45 – 6.45pm Last Friday Behind the Scenes Art Tour 2 – 3pm of every month Every Saturday Family Art Trolley 1 – 4pm Every Sunday DIY Sundays 12 – 4pm


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A day out at mima is full of enjoyable and interesting things to do…




Launch of new exhibitions

Sunday 18 Nude Life Drawing with artist Ian Lightfoot Thursday 22 Symposium #desiredfutures 8: Working with People 27 – 30 May May Half-term Art Trolley Saturday 7

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Middlesbrough in the Post-war Period 1 – 2pm

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Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain 21 February – 29 June This vibrant exhibition celebrates fine art, design and sculpture from the 1950s and features work by, amongst others, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Anthony Caro, Eduardo Paolozzi and Wyndham Lewis. Post-war Britain was a time of contradictions: alongside austerity, rationing and the lasting trauma of war were optimism and a sense of progress and change. Many artists of this time recorded a sense of apprehension and anger in their work, while the Festival of Britain and designers of homewares and advertising were embracing the new. The exhibition explores all of this through paintings, posters, sculpture, furniture and ceramics, with works from major collections across the UK – including Tate, The National Galleries of Scotland, Arts Council Collection – shown alongside works from mima’s collection.

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Make do & mend ac tivities

Live tat tooing

Hair & m akeup

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Big band m usic

Vi n t a g e f a s h i o n Family activities Free En t ry

Clockwise from the top left: Euan Uglow, Still life with delft jar, 1958, oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm © Arts Council Collection, courtesy of The Estate of Euan Uglow Eduardo Paolozzi, What a Treat for a Nickle!, from Bunk, Number 42, 1972, screenprint, mima collection © DACS Peter Blake, The fine art bit, 1959, enamel, wood relief, collage on board, 914 x 610 x 25 mm © Tate, London 2013 © DACS LS Lowry, The Old Town Hall and St Hildas Church, Middlesbrough 1959, oil, 525 x 425 x 50 mm, mima collection © DACS

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Markus Karstiess: Hello Darkness

Chance Finds Us 2 May – 4 September

31 January – 4 April An exhibition featuring the thought-provoking ceramic sculptures and a sound installation developed by Markus Karstiess during his year-long Lipman residency in Newcastle University’s Fine Art department. Markus Karstiess uses ancient ceramic techniques to create unconventional installations.

Metal: AV Festival 14 Exhibition

James Hugonin, Binary Rhythm (IV), (Detail), 2012-13, Courtesy the artist and Ingleby Gallery

financial control, in response to Middlesbrough’s role in the development of a global iron and steel industry. It includes works by leading international artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Simon Starling, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Walead Beshty and Hito Steyerl. An accompanying installation by Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak is showing at Platform A Gallery in Middlesbrough Railway Station, a 10 minute walk from mima. AV FESTIVAL: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, An Italian Film (Africa Addio), 2012, HD film. © The artist. Courtesy the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris. Produced by Pavilion, Leeds and Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Contemporary Art society: Damn Braces: Bless Relaxes 11 April – 27 June This exhibition, featuring works from John Constable to Grayson Perry, examines artists’ responses to landscape and the influence of technology and art schools on the East Coast of England. Works are drawn from the collections of Contemporary Art Society member museums and galleries in the region and the show is curated by Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery Curatorial Fellow Helen Kaplinsky, Helen was hosted by the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

¡VAMOS! 2014 5 – 22 June An exhibition forming part of ¡VAMOS!, a vibrant annual festival which celebrates Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures.

New Sculpture in mima garden Opens 24 April Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, mima’s first artist in residence, was selected for the 2013 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency. Having worked with the local community on plans to create a sculpture for mima’s garden, Elpida lanches her work, which becomes part of mima’s collection. To see Elpida’s progress visit her blog at ARMA is run by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.

mima recommends

Bridging the World Tees Transporter Bridge The Bridging the World exhibition at the newly renovated Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre celebrates the bridge building heritage of the Tees Valley. Part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

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28 February – 24 April AV Festival 14: Extraction explores the raw materials that create our experience of the world, from their origins deep inside the ground, to their extraction, transformation and global exploitation. This AV Festival curated exhibition focuses on the raw material of metal as an agent of global power and

An artist-led project by eight North East based artists: Sarah Bray, Alex Charrington, Rachael Clewlow, Peter J. Evans, James Hugonin, Nick Kennedy, Richard Rigg and Anne Vibeke Mou. The exhibition brings together drawing, installation, painting and sculpture to demonstrate similarities in the way they work and examine a shared interest in order, intuition and the chance encounter.

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coming next season

New jewellery display

ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets

mima has an outstanding collection of jewellery, one of the largest publicly-owned international contemporary jewellery collections in the world. Featuring beautiful, provocative and fascinating pieces, the collection has not previously been on permanent display. In summer 2014, this is changing: we are converting a storage space in mima into a purpose-built gallery for the collection.

18 July – 12 October A significant and exciting exhibition of the work of important French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, highlighting her late works like Couple 1. Bourgeois’ art, in a variety of materials and scales, examines the mystery and beauty of human emotions. She explores issues around vulnerability and fear, often drawing on her own life experiences, and looks at ideas of womanhood and its various guises through a vocabulary of recurring motifs – spiders, spirals and entwined fabric bodies. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

This exciting new display and accompanying events programme is being supported by two jewellers in residence, Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon and Gemma Draper. Watch out for more details at A joint project with Teesside university with funding from Arts Council England.

Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams 12 September – 4 December Louise Bourgeois COUPLE I, 1996 Fabric, hanging piece 203.2 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm. ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by the Artist Rooms Foundation 2013 Photo: Christopher Burke © The Easton Foundation/DACS 2014


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Our award-winning building can be hired for special events including exclusive VIP receptions with private gallery tours, product launches, dinners and parties. We also have a bespoke space that offers the

To find out how we can help you create that perfect event, please call Jessica Murphy on 01642 726 704 or email

Wendy Ramshaw is a leading British designer, renowned for her distinctive jewellery and the new Edinburgh Gate in Hyde Park. The Rooms of Dreams is a magical environment that shows key pieces, see right, from Wendy’s fifty-year career. A Harley Gallery touring exhibition in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre. Images from the top: Giovanni Corvaja, Bracelet, 1999, 18 carat gold, 22 carat gold wire, niello, presented through The Art Fund through Art Fund Collect © mima collection Gemma Draper, Jeweller, James Beighton, mima Curator, Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon, Jeweller © Teesside University

Pavan, 2002, Photo courtesy of George Gammer

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KIDS & families

Thursdays (term-time only) 10 – 11.30am Fun, interactive art activities for 0-4 year olds and their parents/carers. Juice and a biscuit included. £3.50 per child. Accompanying adult free.

DIY Sundays Every Sunday, 12 – 4pm, FREE Look out for the DIY box of goodies in mima’s ground floor atrium to make something to take home. DIY boxes change each week and it’s FREE. Look out for crocheting, finger knitting, weaving and more.

FAMILY DANCE Family Zumba Saturday 15 March, 2 – 3pm, FREE Family Street Dance Sunday 16 March, 2 – 3pm, FREE Back by popular demand! Join us in and around mima and get your groove on. In partnership with dancemiddlesbrough Festival 2014.

Every Saturday, 1 – 4pm, FREE Children of all ages and their families can enjoy mima’s popular art trolley. Get involved, create and make something to take home. Our trolley is packed with all sorts of materials to inspire budding artists. Don’t miss our special 1950s-themed and half-term trolleys.

EASTER HOLIDAYS ART TROLLEY 8 – 11 and 15 – 18 April, 11am – 12pm, FREE Join us for a 1950s-themed art trolley with activities inspired by the make do and mend post-war culture and recycled materials.

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mima|young friends

27 – 30 May, 11am – 12pm, FREE Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

mima young friends is a FREE membership adventure for young people aged 14-24. The MYF membership is for creative, savvy, fun-loving young people. Membership benefits include:

Join us to make large funky jewellery to ornament the town! Make a huge necklace for the Bottle of Notes or a bracelet for mima. This event celebrates the new jewellery gallery opening in the summer at mima.

For bookings or to find out more, call mima reception on 01642 726 720 during gallery opening times or email For all events go to reception when you arrive.

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Did you know that mima has family activities and events all year round, most of which are free? Pick up our interactive trail around mima with lots of fun adventures to do as a family. All our family resources and information can be found in our special family area on the ground floor.

• invites to VIP events and exhibition openings • volunteer and work experience opportunities • meeting, working with and interviewing artists • free workshops and events • portfolio and career advice • cool competitions

It’s Easy! Email your name, age and mobile number to you will be added to the mima young friends’ text alert list and contacted when mima holds an event, workshop, talk or tour and with other good news stories. @mimaYF


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Adult Workshops & Events Try something new, brush up on your skills, meet like-minded people and discover your creative side at one of our adult workshops.

LIFE DRAWING Every Thursday, 5.45 – 6.45pm, £3.50 A clothed model is used, materials provided. Save £5 by purchasing 10 weeks’ sessions for £30.

Free ADULT DROP-IN Fitness Yoga, Saturday 15 March, 10.30 – 11.30am Pilates, Sunday 16 March, 12.30 – 1.30pm Beginners welcome: please wear trainers and loose fitting clothes.

mima|friends mimafriends are passionate about supporting mima. Membership fees help us to: • continue delivering our world-class exhibitions and education programmes • look after our collections and buy new works of art • maintain mima for everyone to enjoy free of charge From only £24 a year (£14 concessions), mimafriends get a range of benefits, while making a real contribution to the cultural life of our region. See friends for more information.

MAKE DO AND MEND Saturday 29 March, 1 – 4pm, £4, booking required Do you have a cushion in need of some sparkle? An old t-shirt that would make a great tote bag? Then this workshop is for you. Join us for up-cycling fun using hand sewing and materials from our community partner Percy Middlesbrough Scrapstore. Just bring something along that you want to revamp. All materials provided.

NUDE LIFE DRAWING WITH ARTIST IAN LIGHTFOOT Sunday 18 May, 12.30 – 3.30pm, £10, booking required In this session, you will discover a variety of approaches to drawing from a live model, interspersed with powerpoint images to help. You will make progress and take away impressive studies. Beginners welcome. All materials provided.

Donate mima relies on the generous support of individuals to help fund our world class exhibitions and education programmes. Every £1 you donate goes further with match funding by Arts Council England. To find out more go to

For bookings or to find out more, call mima reception on 01642 726 720 during gallery opening times or email For all events go to reception when you arrive.

TALKS & TOURS Whatever your knowledge of art, come along to one of our free talks. For booking information call mima reception on 01642 726 720.

CURATOR’S TALK: ART AND OPTIMISM IN 1950s BRITAIN Thursday 20 and Saturday 29 March 12 – 1pm, FREE, booking required Join mima curator Alix Collingwood for a fascinating tour around our current exhibition, Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, exploring themes and ideas in art, design and sculpture of the period.

BEHIND THE SCENES ART TOUR Last Friday of the month: 28 March, 25 April, 30 May 2 – 3pm, FREE, booking required Come along to one of these fascinating behind the scenes talks and tours about mima. You will be guided by someone from our curatorial team and have a chance to see many of the artworks – including paintings, drawings, ceramics and jewellery – held in our storerooms.

FASHION IN 1950S BRITAIN: THEN AND NOW Saturday 29 March 11am – 12pm, FREE, booking required Join us for an exploration of the fashion of the 1950s – what affected it, how it changed and how its influences are still seen today. And why not join us afterward for our Make do and mend workshop (see page 12)?

MIDDLESBROUGH IN THE POST-WAR PERIOD Saturday 7 June 1 – 2pm, FREE, booking required Join us to discuss Middlesbrough in the post-war period, manufacturing and industry in the area, the establishment of the National Health Service, changes to the education system and the introduction of subsidies for the arts.

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professional and Practitioner development

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Visual Arts Network mima works with arts organisations and artists’ networks across the Tees Valley to expand opportunities available within the creative sector. To find out more contact: or for visual arts updates.

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Arts professionals and practitioners discuss socially engaged practice and how to convey the value of art. Booking required at


VISUAL ART AND BUSINESS: WORK TOGETHER Tuesday 11 March,10.30am – 3pm, FREE, Lingfield Point, Darlington Join other artists for a day of professional development and presentations exploring how visual arts and business collaborate to mutual benefit. Booking required at

Symposium #desiredfutures 7: Working with the Space

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Thursday 20 March, 5 – 7pm, FREE Arts professionals and practitioners explore the role of space and how it is used through the curation of exhibitions. Booking required at

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TACTILE Thursday 27 March, 4.30 – 6.30pm, FREE, booking required Art and craft teachers can join Ian Lightfoot, Educational Consultant, to discuss the coming changes to art qualifications and what impact this will have on you and your students.

Our friendly café mima, managed in partnership with Teeside University, serves hot drinks (including Italian illy coffee) a selection of beers and wines, breakfast and lunch menus, homemade cakes and light bites. café mima is family friendly with a children’s menu, highchairs and drawing activities.





mima shop A great range of gifts & keepsakes for every age 1. Ruby Spirit Designs, Large pendant £18.50 2. Anorak shopper £20 3. Anorak shopper £20 4. Anorak Flask £13 5. Laura Manson, Strongest man card £2.75 6. Ruby Spirit Designs, Hare pin £16.50 7. Julia Parry Jones, Treasury necklace £45 8. Julia Parry Jones, Discoveries earrings £47 9. Julia Parry Jones, Nesting Jewels earrings £55

mima shop offers a unique shopping experience with a range of design led products you won’t find on the high street. With specially selected makers from the North East and beyond, offering a great selection of jewellery homeware and stationery. With exhibition related items such as 1950s themed products this season and plenty of pocket money gifts for the family, you’ll want to allow plenty of time for a browse.

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