Notes for the Future of mima

04.03.2017 3:30 p.m. – 04:30 p.m.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Centre Square

Skype talk

How we got to this?

After ten years of action and activity, we welcome friends past and present to reflect on and discuss the history of mima and the Middlesbrough Collection and share thoughts on the future role of museums.

Join us for talks, tours and exhibition openings. Participants include artists Tania Bruguera and Stephen Willats, journalist Tom Crewe, curator Kieran Long and figures from our past and present.

The plan for the day is as follows:

11.30am – 12.00noon: Welcomes by current Director Alistair Hudson and founding Director Godfrey Worsdale

12.00pm – 1.00pm: The Current Landscape

Panel discussion about the UK and Middlesbrough’s current cultural landscape. Contributors: Middlesbrough’s Mayor Dave Budd; Tom Crewe, writer and editor at London Review of Books; Shahda Khan MBE, community builder and Community Cohesion Lead, Middlesbrough Council; Jill Morgan, Dean of School of Design, Culture & the Arts, Teesside University.

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Join us for a free communal lunch provided by Community Interest Company The Other Perspective (donations welcome)

2.00pm – 3.00pm: The Middlesbrough Collection

Quick-fire introductions from those who have been involved in building and shaping the Middlesbrough Collection. Each speaker will reflect on one key work.

Contributors include: former Senior Curator at mima, James Beighton; previously Curator at Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Alison Lloyd; former mima Education Manager Marie Neeson; and inaugural Curator at mima, Judith Winter.

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Refreshments and time to view exhibitions

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Notes for the Future

Speakers and artists discuss the future roles of artists and museums.

Artist and activist Tania Bruguera and Kieran Long, Senior Curator of contemporary architecture, design and digital at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

4.30pm – 5.30pm: Walking tour with artist Stephen Willats

Visit the off-site sections of the exhibition Human Right, a new commission by Willats that revisits a work made in Middlesbrough in 1997.

5.30pm – 7.00pm: Exhibition openings

Past Director Kate Brindley and current Pro Vice Chancellor of Teesside University will share reflections.