From Barcelona and Birmingham to the Boro

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Two new senior curators bring a cosmopolitan blend of talent to mima to support the institution’s new vision to become a worldwide hotspot for useful art.

Elinor Morgan, from Birmingham, and Miguel Amado, from Barcelona, join the team of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art with a remit for change.

This follows the vision of mima’s Director Alistair Hudson, who took up his role in 2014 to lead the gallery forward as part of Teesside University.

Alistair intends to put mima firmly on the world map as an institution that puts learning at the heart of all activity.

He believes in using art as a functional and effective tool for the development of society and wants mima to build on its popular collections and exhibitions programme, finding new ways to demonstrate the use of art.

Elinor and Miguel are to combine the learning and curatorial departments to deliver an integrated, exciting programme of stimulating yet accessible exhibitions, projects and events, relevant across all publics, including the local community and broader national and international audiences.

Elinor joins mima from Eastside Projects in Birmingham, where she led the gallery’s artists’ development and public programmes. Prior to this she was Programmes Curator for Wysing Arts Centre in rural Cambridge and Chair of the Committee at Outpost in Norwich.

She has also initiated a range of freelance curatorial projects, and has published numerous essays, articles and interviews.

Elinor said: “We aim to bring critical conversation and learning into every aspect of the programme and will work with artists from around the world to explore mima’s rich collections and Middlesbrough’s social, political and historic contexts”.

Miguel has worked as a curator at institutions including Tate St Ives in Cornwall, the Abrons Art Centre in New York and the Visual Arts Centre in Coimbra, Portugal.

He has been involved with numerous other curatorial projects, including the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and has edited and contributed to numerous publications and catalogues.

“I would like to turn the gallery into a ‘living organism’ at the core of which are artists and audiences, now co-participants in the construction of a bold worldview. Within it, art is a practice that operates in the social fabric, and can be a catalyst for change”, said Miguel.


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