Mima to open permanent jewellery gallery

Mima is set to open a permanent exhibition of jewellery dating from the 1970s to now in October.

More than 100 pieces to feature from UK and international designers.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) is set to open a "world-class" permanent Jewellery Gallery in the north of England, featuring pieces from designers including Tatty Devine, Wendy Ramshaw and Caroline Broadhead.

The space will open on October 4 and will showcase more than 100 items of jewellery, exhibited for the first time publicly as an entire collection. The Jewellery Gallery also represents the first permanent gallery within the Mima building since its opening in 2007.

The Mima is described as having one of the most significant collections of jewellery in the UK, alongside those held by the V&A, National Museums Scotland and the Crafts Council.

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The collection was started at the Cleveland Craft Centre in 1984 and today features a variety of rings, bangles, neckpieces and brooches from UK and international designers including Ted Noten, Karl Fritsch, Wendy Ramshaw, Caroline Broadhead, Felieke Van Der Leest and Emmy Van Leersum and others.

Alongside these designers, the permanent gallery will also feature 15 pieces by Tatty Devine, which it has gifted to the Mima collection.

The gallery highlights include several pieces by Dutch designer Felieke Van der Leest, known for using animals in her work; Ted Noten’s Erenhot necklace, created during his travels from Tokyo to Amsterdam in 2004; work by Wendy Ramshaw and Dorothy Hogg’s V&A Secrets necklace, created during her residency at the V&A in 2008.

As part of the project, jewellery artists Gemma Draper and Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon were recently appointed jewellers in residence at Teesside University, where they are currently working alongside students to share their expertise and skills in decorative adornment.

On the opening of the new Jewellery Gallery, Mima curator Alix Collingwood said: “We are extremely proud of our jewellery collection, which is unique in the UK in its focus and comparable with important collections of contemporary jewellery at the V&A and the Crafts Council. It’s an amazing resource to have in Middlesbrough and to be able to open it up to the public in this way is incredible.”

In total, the collection is worth more than £200,000, with the earliest piece dating from the 1970s. The gallery will also house an interactive space where visitors can play with digital technology and view films "to bring jewellery alive".

To mark the opening on October 4, the Mima will be offering a weekend of family activities, including jewellery workshops and talks.

The gallery has been realised thanks to a grant of almost £300,000 from Arts Council England and support from Teesside University.
 

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