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Past exhibitions


Drawing the Jewellery Collection

4 October 2014 - 15 February 2015

mima has been collecting contemporary jewellery since the early 1980s and is internationally renowned for its unique collection of striking pieces. Drawing The Jewellery Collection celebrates key works from the collection which challenge…


International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915-1965

24 October 2014 - 25 January 2015

International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965, presented in collaboration with Tate St Ives, explores the national and international contexts which shaped art in the port town of St…


New Sculpture in mima garden – HA[SOFT]RD by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

24 April 2014 - 24 December 2014

[Show slideshow] In 2012, mima was selected to host the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist in Residence. Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva was invited to produce a new site specific sound sculpture…


Wendy Ramshaw: Rooms of Dreams

12 September 2014 - 4 December 2014

As one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers, Wendy Ramshaw CBE is renowned for her jewellery and distinctive, large-scale public art. Born in the North East, Ramshaw has had an acclaimed career spanning…


William Cobbing: Transactions of the Duddo Field Club

4 July 2014 - 30 October 2014

As Lipman artist in residence at Newcastle University, William Cobbing has been developing new works featuring the imprint of letterpress blocks into malleable clay surfaces. Words appear and are then…


Louise Bourgeois, 10 am is When You Come to Me, 2006 (detail), Etching, watercolor, pencil, gouache on paper, 20 pages, ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by the Artist Rooms Foundation 2013,Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation

ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets

18 July 2014 - 12 October 2014

 mima is delighted to be the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to show works by the American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois this summer. This exhibition reveals how Bourgeois, working in…


James Hugonin, Binary Rhythm IV, 2013, Detail

Chance Finds Us

2 May 2014 - 4 September 2014

An artist led project by eight North East based artists who work across drawing, installation, painting and sculpture, who have all adopted systematic strategies in their practice. The artists in…


Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain

Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain

21 February 2014 - 29 June 2014

“Full of iconic pieces…it is shaped into more than an nostalgia fest by showcasing a fascinating pluralism of approaches.” Financial Times, 2014 “Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, meticulously organised…


Contemporary Art Society: Damn braces: Bless relaxes

11 April 2014 - 27 June 2014

Conceived in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery as part of their programme to open up public and private collections. With work by John Constable and William Blake, this…


Image copyright ¡VAMOS! 2014

¡VAMOS! avaf

6 June 2014 - 22 June 2014

An exhibition forming part of  ¡VAMOS! 2014, a celebration of Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures across North East England. This is the third year that mima has been involved with the…



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