For this episode we welcome back Laura Sillars, Director of MIMA and Dean of MIMA School of Art & Design, to tell us a bit about the art school.
The MIMA School of Art & Design a part of Teeside University but has the distinct advantage of operating within one of the North’s most active and international galleries, We have a chat about the benefits of this for students, the wider impact the school wants to have on the community, and what studying there will look like for students come September.
For this week’s episode we headed back down to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art to have a look at the ‘Middlesbrough Collection, Why Are We Here? with Black Artists and Modernism‘ exhibition. For this one we’re joined by the wonderful Olivia Heron, an Assistant Curator at mima, who told us some more about the exhibition and shared some pretty cool stories when it came to getting the pieces together!
“Through a collaboration with research group Black Artists & Modernism, the collection is audited for all contributions by artists of African, Asian and Middle East and North Africa Region descent in the UK in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”
” The display is structured around questions that are key for any collection, explored through the perspective of the artwork: Where am I? Why am I here? Who am I? What am I doing? What’s next?. The results of this research are unveiled as they are uncovered, making new material available to the institution and its publics. “
For this week’s episode the girls went back along to the wonderful Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and had a chat with Senior Curator Elinor Morgan about their newest exhibition, For Many Voices by Mikhail Karikis. This exhibition is a survey of Karikis’s work over the past 10 years, and it massively employs the use of sound, documentary-style video, and a community focus.
“He employs listening as a form of activism, tuning into voices that operate beyond mainstream frequencies. In the past decade, he has shifted how he works, from creating a space in which others participate in the work to one in which they become co-producers. The resulting projects highlight alternative modes of solidarity and action, while nurturing attention, dignity and tenderness. “
For this episode, the girls popped down to Middlesbrough to have a chat with Laura Sillars, Director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima), all about one of their current exhibitions ‘Liquid Crystal Display‘. This exhibition looks at crystals in a range of different forms, namely ‘liquid’, and the different contexts in which we as human beings interact with them on a daily basis. It was awesome having a chat with Laura and great to get some further insight into the show and how it was put together.