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Gallery of modern art for Middlesbrough

A new gallery of modern and contemporary art opens in North-East England in November.

A new gallery of modern and contemporary art opens in North-East England in November. The £14 million Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) will showcase an internationally significant programme of art and house Middlesbrough’s excellent collections of fine art, jewellery design and ceramics spanning the period from 1900 to the present day.

The gallery, with its five exhibition spaces, gallery spaces, conservation studio, education suite, auditorium, roof terrace, garden, café and shop - plus its adjacent public square containing huge lawns and a 120 water-jet fountain — are expected to transform the heart of Middlesbrough, situated 245 miles north of London. Architects Erick van Egeraat have taken modernist principles of clean lines and a simple white cube to create the landmark building, while the adjacent square will be the largest civic space in Europe. Admission to mima will be free. Nearby attractions within easy reach of Middlesbrough include the cathedral city of Durham and the scenic delights of the North York Moors National Park. Website: www.mima.uk.com


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