At the end of January, it will be five years since mima, Middlesbrough’s acclaimed modern art gallery, opened its doors to the public. To celebrate its first five years of success, mima is inviting everyone to come along to a free family party on Saturday, January 28, between 12.30 and 4pm, to join in the fun.
There will be lots of free activities for families to enjoy during the day, including party hat making, badge making and fairy cake decorating, as well as face painting available for a small charge.
Steelworks steel band will play throughout the afternoon, there will be a prize draw and a home-made cake stall manned by mima Friends. Plus there’ll be talks about the gallery’s popular current exhibition, What Friends have done for Middlesbrough. The new cafe mima and the gallery shop will be open for business too and will be giving away discount vouchers for return visits.
The birthday party has been generously supported by mima Friends, with cakes kindly supplied by Greggs.
Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon will visit the gallery at 1pm to cut mima’s birthday cake and formally launch the celebrations.
He said: “Over the last five years, mima has become a significant part of the offer that attracts people to Middlesbrough.
“This is an international class gallery which puts the town firmly on the map regionally, nationally and internationally.
“It’s a hugely important cultural attraction and one which says this town cares about its present and is building for the future.”
In the five years since mima opened on January 27, 2007, the gallery has welcomed around 700,000 people through its doors.
mima has showcased the work of world class artists such as Anish Kapoor and Gerhard Richter, and shown popular exhibitions including Bauhaus 1919-1933 and High Kicks and Low Life, Toulouse Lautrec prints. mima’s current exhibition of still lifes features works by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney.
The gallery has garnered a great deal of positive national and international press coverage and profile for the gallery and the town, including being featured as the subject of a Top Gear TV special in 2009.
Over the past five years, mima has also won a host of awards for its building, exhibitions and collections programme, and education work, and has developed partnerships with Tate and the Drawing Centre, New York among others.
mima Director Kate Brindley is enthusiastic about the gallery’s future beyond the first five years: “We hope that the next five years will be even more successful than the first.
“In 2012 alone we have lots of exciting plans, such as being part of the popular North East-wide AV Festival and showing the work of internationally acclaimed painter Sean Scully this spring, to opening our brand new cafe mima and new shop in association with Culture Label.
“We’ll be building on our popular evening events and family programmes too. In the next few months, we will also be launching a whole new set of opportunities for local businesses to partner with mima and later this year, a new range of membership options with mima Friends.
“Most importantly, we want to continue to work to ensure that all our visitors have a wonderful time in the gallery, whether they are on their own or with family and friends, and go away having enjoyed the art and the whole visitor experience.”
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