Community engagement is a core part of Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Arts mission, and for the last few years, it has been at the forefront of their focus.
Every Thursday MIMA hosts its community lunch, bringing in people from across the Middlesbrough community for a free lunch, to chat and make friends.
“Our Community Lunch is an opportunity for our constituents, our community to get together over a shared meal” Sally Pearson, Communications Manager at MIMA told us.
“MIMA started running Community Day, including our community lunch around three years ago” she told us, “to meet new people and to make friends, to share conversations over a free, healthy meal.
“Our goal is for people to come into MIMA, to use the building, to have conversations, to go into galleries and to take part in activities both at MIMA and offsite.”
We recently met with the MIMA senior curator, Miguel Amado, to discuss the latest exhibition at the gallery, titled Middlesbrough Collection. It houses works of art that have not been seen in decades.
MIMA has also recently appointed a new director, Laura Sillars, who will begin her new role in the summer.
The MIMA Community Lunches run from midday to 2pm every Thursday in the atrium at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.