Middlesbrough's flagship art gallery mima has scooped a top award for the best cultural event in Teesside during 2010.
The prestigious Best Event Teesside was awarded this week at The Journal’s Culture Awards 2010, in association with the Arts Council England for Temenos and the Anish Kapoor exhibition at mima.
Temenos - the striking £2.7m striking contemporary sculpture launched in June - brings together art and the engineering and industrial heritage of the area.,
The sculpture at the heart of Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven Dock and a stone’s throw from the iconic Transporter Bridge stands almost 50 metres high and is 120 metres long. Temenos was created by internationally acclaimed sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond.
The Anish Kapoor Exhibition at mima opened ran from March 25 to August 15 last year and showed works never shown in the North East before. The excitement and energy that surrounded the exhibition created over 56,000 visits, making it one of mima’s most popular to date.
Kate Brindley, director of arts and galleries for Middlesbrough Council, said: “This award is another fantastic coup for mima. The Anish Kapoor exhibition was hugely successful and it is fantastic to be so closely involved with Temenos, which is proving to be a strong icon for Middlesbrough.”
Anish Kapoor added: “I am thrilled to have received the Journal Culture Award.
“I see the Tees Valley as an exciting region, in which I am involved in a significant way with the Tees Valley Giants.
“I hope that we will very soon be able to realise the second project in the region.”
The creation of Temenos, which is part of a 15-year masterplan for the area, follows a £30m programme to remediate the former dock site and prepare it for development. The site also features the award-winning new Middlesbrough College building and new office buildings, while work is currently underway on Middlehaven’s first eco-homes.
Anne Mulroy, head of area at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), said: “Temenos is a world-class landmark, signalling the transformation of derelict docks into a place of aspiration, with learning, jobs and eco-friendly homes for the future. The successful launch of Temenos has helped to bring Middlehaven’s revival to the world’s attention.”
mima beat tough opposition from the other finalists for the award including the Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival and Apples and Empire, Middlesbrough.
It is the third year in a row mima has won the Best Event in The Journal’s awards. Last year the Gerhard Richter: Modern Times exhibition and the young persons’ group exhibition won and in 2008 Bauhaus 1919-1933 got the prize.
On show this season is mima's biggest ever exhibition of contemporary jewellery and an exciting solo exhibition by pioneering British artist Carey Young, with a new work especially for mima. Don’t miss the vibrant new experimental family area, with activities that encourage imagination and creativity.