Exhibitions in Middlesbrough

Saltburn Arts Fair in collaboration with mima is coming 3-5 August 2012.  They are seeking expressions of interest from artists now.
Further information for artists 

#wear mima selection day is 5 May.


John Gerrard
1 March – 1 July 2012, mima, FREE
John Gerrard workThe first UK showing of two recent works by Gerrard consolidates his reputation as one of the most innovative artists working today.




Cyprien Gaillard
1 March – 1 July 2012, mima, FREE
Cyprien Gallard workIn his largest UK exhibition to date, award-winning artist Gaillard presents two major film installations.




To remind: works of memory and monument
24 February – 1 July 2012, mima, FREE
NightWorks from mima’s collection.





Up the Boro
2 March – 8 July 2012, mima, FREE
Work by BakkerIn support of the Middlesbrough ’86 Project




Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals
2 March – 13 July 2012, mima, FREE
Work by ScullyThis exhibition will present drawings and paintings by Irish born internationally-renowned artist Sean Scully.

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Platform A Gallery
This That and the Other
20th April – 31st May, Platform A Gallery, FREE
Bringing together the work of Deb Covell, Keith Coventry and Barry Flanagan in the second in the series of pairings between Platform A artists and work from the mima collection.
Platform A Gallery
To go to Platform A Gallery go to Platform 1 of Middlesbrough Railway Station and turn left. Keep going and you will see the doors to the gallery on your left. It is open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Python Gallery
2 March – 25 May 2012, Python Gallery, FREE
Note this exhibition has been extended until 25 May.

Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet
David Thomas: Alternative Landscape
29 March-17 May, Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet, FREE
Alternative Landscape

Dorman Museum
Falklands 30
3 April – 15 July 2012, Dorman Museum, FREE
Falkland photo from Dorman Museum exhibitionIncluded in the exhibition are images from the collection of the Imperial War Museum and the mast head light from the ill-fated RFA Sir Galahad, famous for being the involved in an attack which accounted for nearly a fifth of all British losses during the conflict.
Through dramatic images on display and using objects brought back from the Falklands from Middlesbrough veteran, RM Graham Fletcher, the exhibition gives an intimate portrayal of the personal side of the conflict and is a tribute, 30 years on, to the members of the British Forces who fought in the Falklands War.

The Apollo Male Voice Choir : The Teesside Apollo Male Voice Choir Celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2012
2 March-20 May 2012, Dorman Museum, FREE
apollo choir badgeIn 2012 the the Teesside Apollo Male Voice Choir, one of the oldest and most internationally known male voice choirs in England, commemorates 125 years since it was founded in 1887 by a group of Welsh steelworkers in Middlesbrough.



Constantine Gallery
Mapping Four Corners
30 April – 06 May 2012, Constantine Gallery, Teesside University
Mapping Four Corners is an exhibition celebrating internationalisation of the University’s curriculum and will feature four collaborative installations which reflect on internationalised curriculum content, learning and teaching, student voices and distances travelled.
The exhibition has been designed by students and staff at Teesside University, led by the School of Arts and Media as part of national Universities Week 2012

Elliotts Coffee House
Anna Atkinson
27 April-16 May 2012, Elliotts Coffee House, upstairs, FREE
Celebration event for charity on 11 May, £5
work by Anna Atkinson artistMiddlesbrough Central Library
Embroiderers Guild (Guisborough Branch) 30th Anniversary exhibition
2 April – 31 May 2012, Middlesbrough Central Library

International Peace Quilt
2 April – 1 June 2012, Middlesbrough Reference Library

Middlesbrough Reference Library


Love Middlesbrough Weekend What’s On


 Albert Parkrun
Every Saturday at 9am join hundreds of friendly runners for 5k. It’s the perfect way to train for the SABIC 5K Riverside Run and ASDA 2K Fun Run on Sunday 13 May.

Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2012

Ack! Ack! Ack! Records open from 9 on Linthorpe Rd across from PsycheThat’s Entertainment in Captain Cook Square features live music from 1pm
Sound It Out Records is open 8-8.

Saturday Art Trolley at mima
Free hands-on creative sessions, suitable for all the family. Work with mima’s Trolley Leader and the mima Art Trolley packed with all sort of materials for making and creating. Drop in to join in! 1-4pm
Art Trolley at mima








Cultured TSide
Teesside University students are hosting a one day arts festival 1-6pm at Redcar ABC, Coatham Memorial Hall, 7 Coatham Road, Redcar, TS10 1RH
or follow on Twitter @CulturedTside #CulturedTSide

Cultural Conversations on Teesside
12-4pm at Darlington Arts Centre alongside A Right Royal Do Art Fair

6th Annual Sponsored Walk for Abbies Love Charity
Sixth annual charity walk from 11am Gribdale Gate Car Park, nr Great Ayton (Between Roseberry Topping and Captain Cooks Monument).

Dalek Mack is back
Dalek Mack will be at the Who-ray! shop Saturday 21st April, from 9am.
daleks at WhoRay shop


Mohawks v Carlisle friendly
Basketball. 3-5pm at Teesside University Olympia Building

MFC v Southampton
Kick-off is 17.20 at the Riverside. Up the Boro!
boro v southampton

Ultimate Eagles – The UK’s No 1 Eagles Tribute
Be whisked away to the warmer climates of Southern California as the ultimate tribute, to one of the worlds most loved bands at Middlesbrough Town Hall at 8pm.

Charity Fashion Show
Charity Fashion Show at the Teesside University Students’ Union Hub in aid of A Way Out and Cash for Kids. 7-10pm, £10 on the door.

Charity Fashion Show

Nouvelle Musique presents The Purnells // The Legion, Middlesbrough

The National Trust Free Weekend
Visit the National Trust for free on 21 & 22 April and explore over 200 of their houses and gardens for free including our very own Ormesby Hall

British Drift Championships 
At Teesside Autodrome on 21 & 22 April.


Rally-O Training Day for dogs
Middlesbrough & District Dog Training Association presents A Rally-O Training Day 9.30am-4.30pm. To book your place or enquire about pet dog training classes contact Jenny on 01642 491794 or Yvette on 01642 290312
Must prebook. Handlers £20, Spectators £10

Bicycle Tour of Cleveland
Route: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=344255
Start: Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit
Ride level: STRONG
Terrain: Mostly road/cycle paths, any bike type is fine. A varied route with some small climbs.
Distance: 28 miles
Pace: 13 mph
Time: 3 hours

Vintage Bus Day
11am to 5pm
Vintage Bus Day

Up the Boro Lino Printing Workshop at mima
12-2.30pm at mima. FULLY BOOKED
Take inspiration from works on show in Up the Boro. Learn printing techniques from artist Jackie Steven, and try your hand at creating a unique, bold two-colour lino print. No experience necessary. £5 per person. Materials and equipment provided. Bring along any images or objects that you want to share as inspiration for your prints.

The National Trust Free Weekend
Visit the National Trust for free on 21 & 22 April and explore over 200 of their houses and gardens for free including our very own Ormesby Hall

British Drift Championships 
At Teesside Autodrome on 21 & 22 April.

Classic Car Show at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience 
10am-5pm with over 200 classic cars.

Frank Hamilton at Liberties in Town
8pm with support from The Jar Family and Alistair Sheeran


100 Beats of the Clock

The ebb and flow of the tides, the measured beats of a clock, the passage of the Tranny gondola over the Tees, all these working rhythms in a normal day may have in part inspired a fascinating exhibition by photographer Charles Twist that captured public interest at the Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet.

Last year was of course centenary year for our most revered landmark, the Transporter Bridge and as part of those celebrations local photographer Charles Twist was awarded a project to produce 100 photographs of the Transporter Bridge. Charles has commemorated the passage of those 100 years with 100 photographs taken from a fixed position at regular intervals through one day from dawn to dusk. To add to the historic value he has used a camera and vintage lens dating from the period when the bridge was erected, which is also exhibited along with 50 of the photos.

The pictures were captured on Ilford Direct Positive Paper, nothing digital about this process. It is the actual paper that is displayed in the frames so every photo is totally unique and fixed to that exact time and date, recorded in each mounted photo. Charles revealed to me that the paper is exceptionally sensitive to changes in light. Hence recording some extrordinary changes within a few minutes between very dark photos and very light as weather shifted by the river.

So, the bridge frames the view in the same way in each photo but that view varies with weather and light and also subtle changes to the tide and shipping on the river. Walking along a line of photos you see how a view can change over a period of minutes and hours. I think it probably tells you to look more closely at even the most familiar of scenes around you. There is always something new to be learned and absorbed.

The accompanying notes to the exhibition talk about there being, “a lot of ideas to intrigue the viewer: the implicit and explicit rhythms which speak of mechanisation and industry; the reference to recent artistic movements (esp. repetitive minimalism); the use of vintage equipment which shifts the viewer’s historical standpoint.”

Presently showing at the Heritage Gallery is another exhibition of landscape captured by camera. David Thomas “Alternative Landscape” is showing until May 17th.

There is ample free parking right next to the imposing Cargo Fleet Offices which were formerly the old steelworks HQ. You might remember the building in more recent times as Langbaurgh Council HQ. Ity is positioned just off the A66 next to South Bank Motorsports and the home of Redcar Bears speedway; 5 minutes drive form Middlesbrough centre. Python Properties have renovated this office block to a very high standard, the gallery being just to the right of the splendid reception.

Photo – Tracy Hyman



Duality at the Python Gallery

Duality is a collection of works by Katherine O’Connor and Emma Wolfindale. This exhibition looks at how the two artists live with Bi-polar disorder, where they suffer periods of severe depression and hyper mania. This leaves the sufferer with an altered state of reality; their experiences with this condition are expressed in this collection of pieces. The two artists hope that their work and the stories behind them will help raise awareness.

The Python Gallery: Duality exhibition 2nd March- 20th April 

Having never really been to an art gallery before, I was amazed by the work displayed and felt the emotion and meaning behind every piece.

Katherine O’Connor’s work was especially intriguing as she often used different compositions of birds to express her different emotions. One piece of her work included a number of birds trapped inside a glass jar. There were two pieces of her work which were called “Isolation” and “Isolation2”. I assume this is how sufferers of Bi-polar, including Katherine may feel at times, like they are trapped, alone and are unable to get away from their problems.

Emma Wolfindale’s work however focused more on shapes, such as circles, and lighting; the majority of her work was created using bright colours, like reds. One piece of her work, called “Don’t doubt in the dark what is clear in the light” was painted during a recovery after a depression. This piece stood out from the others as it had a warmer feel to it, it expressed feelings such as hope and life rather than the feeling of being trapped or hurt.

Emma Wolfindale also created a scale on how she was feeling each day, from 10(being big Ben) and 1(being almost gone). She said she wanted to be at least 5 each day, 5 alive. This along with the art increases the awareness of Bi-polar disorder, showing how it can affect your state of mind in more detail.

Both sets of work and artists were extremely inspiring, and I thought the exhibition taught me a lot more about Bi-polar disorder and how people suffering from it can feel at times; I am very pleased I got a chance to visit the exhibition.

Guest post by Tracy Pickering