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Centre For Social Making

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)'s gallery of works from the Middlesbrough Collection for research, workshops and making sessions.

  • 01642 931232
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Centre Square TS1 2AZ
  • official website


  • Welcome
    • Good for school visits
    • Good for families
  • Parking & transport
    • On site parking
    • Accessible by public transport
  • Location
    • Town centre
  • Groups
    • Group bookings accepted
  • General
    • Toilets available
    • Restaurant/Tearoom/Cafe
    • Educational site
  • Access
    • Pushchair friendly
    • Accessible toilet


Take the A19, turn off onto the A66 and follow the signs for the town centre. Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and York are under an hour away - Leeds is a little further. There are plenty of car-parks within five minutes walk of mima.

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This display brings together works from the Middlesbrough Collection, with an emphasis on ceramics and contemporary jewellery. The pieces are grouped thematically, allowing connections to emerge through social use. Rotating presentations feature projects devised by local constituencies and artists who explore topical issues.

Here you can research the Middlesbrough Collection, join regular workshops, organise meetings, and lead or participate in making sessions.

Middlesbrough Collection

The Middlesbrough Collection was inherited from the former Cleveland Crafts Centre, Cleveland Gallery and Middlesbrough Art Gallery. It holds approximately 2,250 works from around 1900 to the present time, with strengths in post–Second World War British and international drawing, twentieth-century British ceramics and contemporary international jewellery.

One significant segment of the Middlesbrough Collection, devoted to innovative ways of understanding and practicing jewellery, was initiated at Cleveland Craft Centre in the early 1980s under the guidance of the curator Ralph Turner. Artists Otto Künzli, Emmy Van Leersum and Gijs Bakker and Wendy Ramshaw are among many who were key to the development of a new, experimental approach to jewellery from the 1960s onwards. Their works explore utility, narrative, value, material, shape and scale.

The ceramics in the Middlesbrough Collection chart the evolution of the Studio Pottery movement from the early 1900s to today, focusing on British production. This section includes items by the renowned UK-based ceramicists Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach as well as sculptural pieces by artists Grayson Perry and Edmund de Waal, among others. Their works suggest considerations of function and decoration, and how the two can intersect in surprising manners.

Photo: Gilmar Ribeiro