Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), part of Teesside University, is moving forward with a civic agenda, aiming to have a social function and to repurpose art as a tool. With this vision, the Institute sees itself as a ‘useful’ museum. It wishes to have an influence on society, taking a leading role in addressing current issues within politics, economics and culture, and creatively contributing to change. Our programmes encompass themes such as housing, migration, inequality, regeneration, and healthcare.
mima offers changing exhibitions, collection displays, learning activities, events, projects, and community-focused initiatives that involve multiple artists and publics. These programmes promote creativity for everyone in ordinary life, exploring education, activism and making. mima has been developing relationships with constituencies in Middlesbrough and beyond. Its ambition is that these help us shape who we are: a public site, open and accessible, diverse and inclusive, and used by all.
Middlesbrough is the place with the highest proportion of asylum seekers in the UK. It is a young town that is built on migrant labour. Many of mima’s projects address the recent and historic narrative of migration to the area. We work closely with local constituent groups to raise awareness, educate and advocate through public programmes, learning activities and exhibitions.