mima – Middlesbrough’s flagship Institute of Modern Art – has received a major funding boost from Arts Council England.
The gallery, which opened in 2007 and has attracted more than 500,000 visitors, will see its annual funding from the national body almost treble over the next three years.
That follows today’s announcement by Arts Council England that it will increase its financial support for mima’s revenue costs until the end of the financial year 2014/15.
The investment will see mima’s funding from ACE increase from £186,000 in 2011/12 to more than £500,000 for each of the next three years.
The decision - made at a time when significant cuts are being implemented by Arts Council England to arts organisations across the UK - demonstrates a high level of commitment to the gallery and an acknowledgement of mima’s achievements in its first four years.
For the first time the Arts Council’s portfolio of funded organisations has been created through an open application process. A rigorous assessment criteria has been applied fairly to organisations across the UK, with a focus on funding excellent organisations and exceptional individual talent.
The increased funding will support a number of areas including the exhibition and education programme and a new strand enabling mima to operate as a centre for the visual arts across the Tees Valley.
mima will continue to receive support from Middlesbrough Council and will continue to place an increased emphasis on generating funding from external sources to allow the gallery to continue to build on existing levels of success.
Welcoming today’s announcement, mima Director Kate Brindley said: “This is fantastic news for mima and will ensure the gallery can continue to develop both in the town and beyond.
“It’s a really significant increase which will enable us to do more work with communities and in education, as well as build on our international exhibition programme.
“The funding will also help us broaden our support for the visual arts across the wider region.
“mima is already established as a centre of excellence and this can only help us extend that status over the coming years.”
Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Ian Parker said: “This is fantastic news which further underlines the importance of mima, not just to Middlesbrough but to the region and the country as a whole.
“mima is a great symbol of the ambition Middlesbrough has for its future, and I’m delighted that this is being recognised at a national level.”