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Where is the line? – Drawings from mima’s collection


Until 24 January 2016

‘Where is the line?’ brings together artworks from Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) that explore how artists use drawing and mark making as tool to document and interpret their immediate environment – both urban or rural, real or imaginary, or somewhere in between.

mima opened in Middlesbrough in 2007 and brought together art collections from three different sites in the town  – Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Cleveland Craft Centre and The Cleveland Gallery, which was responsible for the Cleveland International Drawing Biennial. Running from 1973 to 1996 The Cleveland International Drawing Biennial was an international open exhibition, which aimed to attract the very best of contemporary drawing to the Tees Valley. Key to its success was the word ‘drawing’ – each year the advisory panel refused to define the term drawing stating instead that “definitions in art tend rapidly to become obsolete and constrictive”

This is a philosophy mima continues to nurture and works from the Biennial form a key part of its art collections today, which now also includes British and post-war American drawing, and is one of the most important collections of drawings in the North-East. Alongside works from the collection, Berwick Visual Arts and mima have commissioned two regionally based artists – Jenny Purrett and Annie O’Donnell, to create drawing interventions in the gallery space by responding to the town of Berwick and the works in the collection.

Exhibition curated by Berwick Visual Arts and mima with support from Northumberland Arts Development and mima Visual Artists Network. The project is part of Drawing? – a programme of exhibitions, events and activities in the North-East, celebrating the role of drawing in art and culture and the everyday. See www.drawingne.org

You can visit the free exhibition at The Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed until 24 January 2016.

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