Working Lives

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

MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

'Working Lives' brings together artworks dating from the 1880s to 2024 held in the Middlesbrough Collection and are shown alongside loaned pieces by contemporary artists connected with Cleveland Art Society.

Working Lives examines the creative lives of artists working in the Tees Valley and highlights the importance of artist groups and the support structures that have been built by artists in the region. A new film made using Artificial Intelligence (AI) asks questions about what collections mean to different people.

A display of artwork by members of the Cleveland Art Society celebrates the group’s 140-year anniversary from its foundation in 1884 as the Cleveland Sketching Club. The group played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for the Middlesbrough Collection and the inception of MIMA in the 2000s. To this day, this artist-led society convenes, shares and forges creative connections that support its artist members. The display includes early paintings and drawings made by Cleveland Art Society artists held in the Middlesbrough Collection and contemporary pieces made by its current members.

Image: Kev Howard, (Carpentry Hook) 1/3, 2021. Chromogenic print on brushed aluminium composite and plastic sheet.


Centre Square Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

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Until 18 August 2024


  • 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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