Towards New Worlds

Tue – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm; Sun, 12 – 4pm

Preview 18 July, 5 – 7.30pm

MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

A large-scale exhibition sharing fifteen artists’ experiences of seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing the contemporary world.

Towards New Worlds explores a rich variety of human perceptions and sensory experiences through works of art, which make connections between the artists’ internal worlds and their external environments. The artworks consider issues in the contemporary world, including justice, ecological consciousness, connectivity and care.

Each of the artists involved is disabled, D/deaf and/or neurodivergent. The artists interpret their own perspectives, offering new insights for those encountering their work while recognising that we can never fully inhabit someone else’s experience.

The exhibition offers a rich sensory environment, with moments of quiet reflection and spaces for interaction and relaxation. Through varied production processes, including drawing, photography, installation, video and interactive sensory pieces, the artists call attention to many ways of experiencing and navigating the world.

Towards New Worlds is curated with curator, artist and cultural activist Aidan Moesby. He has collaborated with MIMA to share his deep research and extensive experience championing disability, care and access. 

With work by Richard Butchins, Leah Clements, Joanne Coates, Malgorzata Dawidek, Colin Hambrook, Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen, Seo Hye Lee, Molly Martin, Louise McLachlan, Aaron McPeake, Sam Metz, Jade de Montserrat, Carrie Ravenscroft, Christopher Samuel and RA Walden.

Image: Aaron McPeake, Same Same but Different (installation detail), 2017. Bell, bronze, oak and copper


Centre Square Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

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Until 9 February 2025


  • Tue 10am – 4.30pm
  • Wed 10am – 4.30pm
  • Thu 10am – 4.30pm
  • Fri 10am – 4.30pm
  • Sat 10am – 4.30pm
  • Sun 12 – 4pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Hearing loop
  • Large-format print
  • Wheelchairs
  • Mobility scooters pending scooter size
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Adult changing facilities
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