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We reopen on 11 June 2021.  Please go to http://mima.art/

Here you can find up to date information on digital public programme, exhibitions and displays.

Follow us on social media @mimauseful for our digital programmes and exhibitions.  

Our café is open for dine in, take out or eat in our garden from 17 May 2021.

Purchases from our shop can be made on instagram @mimausefulshop


Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art has a civic agenda to put art into action. We connect art, people and ideas. We work with communities to address current issues within politics, economics and culture. Our programmes encompass urgent themes such as climate change, migration, inequality, ageing and wellbeing.

We offer changing exhibitions, collection displays, learning activities, projects and community-focused initiatives that involve many artists and publics. These programmes promote creativity for everyone in ordinary life, through education, debate and making.Part of Teesside University, we play a key role in the cultural life of the Tees Valley and wider North East. Our ambition is that a range of constituents shape who we are: a public site, open and accessible, diverse and inclusive and used by all.

Black Lives Matter

MIMA is an anti-racist institution. We have a long-standing commitment to equity, equality and inclusion, and we oppose injustice. The galvanising force of the last few months of the Black Lives Matter movement shows that transformation must come, and we are committed to making change.

We want to ensure that commitments we make are owned and invested in across our team. In the next six months, we will prioritise the following five actions:

  • We have set baseline targets for the work of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists in exhibitions and collection displays (30%) and for acquiring works by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists (40%) for the Middlesbrough Collection.
  • We have agreed steps to diversify the governance of MIMA and will implement this work by December 2020.
  • From the listening sessions held with the team we have produced an initial reading list, to support staff to build their knowledge and confidence. A monthly reading and reflection group will now be established, alongside a cross-organisational working group to reflect on our progress with these actions.
  • We are reflecting the importance of these actions by prioritising them in our revised business plan (July 2020)
  • We understand the need for the MIMA School of Art & Design curricular and public programmes to support the development of this work more explicitly. In the first instance we will commission writing and reading lists, to be published in our course handbooks and in our public resources.

In the longer term, we are continuing workforce development, including recruitment and training, programme and curricular work, and will continue sector advocacy and engage with external frameworks to support our work and share our learning.

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Opening times

We are currently closed.

We are free entry.

MIMA gallery is closed on Mondays.

We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00 – 16:00, Thursday 10:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.

Our cafe MIMA Kitchen is open Monday to Friday 8.30 – 16:00, Saturday 9.30 – 16:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.

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