The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is a leading gallery of modern and contemporary art. Since its opening on January 27, 2007 a million people have visited MIMA.
MIMA is managed by Middlesbrough Council and it is also an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation.
It has had many exhibitions including:
1) St. Ives mundial exposition (January 2015) An interesting exposition about some of the artworks of the most important modern and contemporary artists like: Rothko, Pollock, Madigliari, Banksy, etc.
2) Georgina Starr; I cave (7 April 2015- 28 May 2015) A solo exhibition about the Georgina’s distinct language through the use of video, sculpture, performance, writting and sound.
3) Stephen McKenna; Perspectives of Europe 1980 – 2014 (6 February 2015 – 7 June 2015) Painting, drawings and watercolours of this artist; all of them made between 80’s and nowadays. What he was looking for was to transmit to other people different cities, landscapes and people across Europe at the same time he was walking through the histroy. It is a very good idea to go see this exposition so you can see a lot of history while you also see other cultures inside the old continent.
This is one important part of MIMA – to have a lot of exhibitions so people can choose what they like and have more variety. Another thing that it is important in MIMA is the program they have for families and early years.
A free weekend art session on Saturdays afternoon – from 1pm until 4pm – for families and parents can enjoy with their children. It is also available during school holidays so there is no excuse to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about art and to introduce the little ones to the art world.
Sarah is one of the workers for this “MIMA for children” and also one who does the earliest art program for babies (from birth to four years) so she knows how to treat children to be interested in art.
Sarah, one of the workers in MIMA for children told us “MIMA for children is a good way to encourage kids and also parents to learn more things about art; it is also a good opportunity to interact parents and kids; they can play together, build different art pieces, etc. – one of the things we do is decoration; depending on the season of the year but it is more usual to do it for Halloween, Christmas and Easter”.
– Which are the timetable of MIMA for children? Do you also have activities during the week?
Sarah: Usually we open every Saturday from 1pm until 4pm and it depends on the weekend of how many children come. It depends a lot on the parents too. And yes some weeks there are schools that join us, usually on Thursdays, and when they come maybe they are 70 students more or less.
– Which are the different programmes or acts that you do?
S: During the week we used to encourage schools to go to Art Galleries, museums, expositions..because it is so important to know what is going on in the art world. Some schools come to MIMA on Thursdays to do some activities; it is the school who choose which Thursday (not every Thursday) but it is interesting so they encourage students to have more interest in art and to improve their art abilities.
– Is it easy to teach children about art?
S: Usually it is easy. Most of them are interested in art and participate in every activity we do – normally we make groups so they can participate as a team and this helps them to take part in. Also they give us their opinion so they have always voice in our activities; it is so important to know what they think about art.
– Do you think nowadays, with all the technology, are we loosing the habit of the good art?
S: I think art galleries against technology is not a day a day problem here. The problem is more important in big cities, like London for example; but I think it is not that bad in the small ones.
– Sum up in a sentence your opinion about this art event.
S: It should be more people interested in art. There are a lot of people but the most important part is the young people; a lot of them have never experienced anything related with art.
Interviewing Sarah – worker in MIMA