Welcome to our online collection

For the first time mima’s entire collection is freely available online. Objects previously only seen within the gallery walls are now here for you to enjoy from almost anywhere in the world, and at any time of day.

This important collection of fine art, jewellery and ceramics features some of the world’s most celebrated artists as well as some lesser known gems. Many of the works were inherited from mima’s forerunners, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Cleveland Gallery and the Cleveland Crafts Centre.

What is your favourite work? Is this scene familiar to you? Do you remember seeing this piece on display in the past? We want you to help us to bring the collection to life. Join in our online conversations today and you can enrich the collection for generations to come.

Since opening our doors in 2007, we have developed a unique range of post-war American drawing. This has been made possible through a partnership with the Art Fund, the UK’s foremost independent art charity, and the Drawing Center, New York. The purpose of this collaboration is to build an outstanding collection of international contemporary art for Middlesbrough. Artists include, Ellsworth Kelly, Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Nancy Spero and Brigida Baltar.
We are committed to collecting ceramics which represent the very best of contemporary practice in this field. Since opening in 2007 we have collected works by artists who expose contemporary thinking and push the creative possibilities of clay. Such artists include; Edmund Edmund de Waal, Julian Stair and Neil Brownsword

A significant strand of mima’s ceramics collection was inherited from the Cleveland Crafts Centre. The collection charts the rise of the studio movement at the beginning of the twentieth century under pioneer potters such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, through to the group of artists in the 1980’s who challenged the Leach tradition and looked towards painting and sculpture for their inspiration.
mima’s Fine Art collection has a unique focus on drawing. Our earliest drawings were collected by curators at Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Gallery from the 1950’s onwards. This attention to drawing developed further with the advent of the Cleveland International Drawing Biennale (1973 – 1996). The international competition attracted many artists of prestige. These winning entries were acquired into mima’s collection.

mima has acquired a number of works through support from the Contemporary Art Society's Special Collection Scheme. In recent years we have also forged partnerships with the Art Fund, the UK’s foremost independent art charity, and the Drawing Center New York. These relationships have enabled us to grow a significant collection of post-war American drawing.
mima’s jewellery collection is art to be worn. Many pieces are associated with what is sometimes referred to as The New Jewellery. This work began to test the limits of what jewellery could be by experimenting with new materials and forms, whilst also considering the relationship of jewellery to the body.

In partnership with Teesside University mima has been awarded a major grant from Arts Council England to create a permanent display area for our jewellery collection. Internationally acclaimed jewellers, Gemma Draper and Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon have been appointed as jewellers in residence. Our resident jewellers will help to develop a new display area and to create unique opportunities for people to get involved in the jewellery collection.