Pictures at the Exhibitions; Museums and Galleries Can Be a Great Place to Spend the Day out - Especially with Unpredictable British Summer Weather in Association with Parkmore

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Mima, Middlesbrough

You can catch mima's current artistic offerings until August 17.

Its summer line-up offers three shows in one.

You can see British Surrealism with work from The Sherwin Collection - widely acknowledged to be the most significant collection of its kind.

Material Culture showcases works recently gifted to mima including drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture.

And Garrett Phelan, the contemporary artist who works and lives in Dublin, brings his solo show to the gallery's sound space.

Mima changes its exhibitions on August 29 when you'll then be able to see work by Eric Bainbridge Celebrated for large-scale, everyday objects covered in man-made fabrics, he has spent the past three decades investigating a variety of materials and styles. This exhibition will combine selected works from the 1970s to the present, newly commissioned sculpture and a collection of works on paper.

Entry to mima is free, details from www.visitmima.com

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar

Opening on June 28, No Boundaries is a new exhibition of cartoons and fantasy artwork by the late Robert T Nixon.

Running until August 31 it profiles the work of Robert, who was born in South Bank. He drew some of the most popular cartoons characters ever created, including Roger the Dodger, Lord Snooty, Beryl the Peril and Desperate Dan. This exhibition features many of his original drawings along with examples of his intricate fantasy artwork.

Using Robert's work for inspiration, visitors will be able to have a go at creating their own cartoon characters to either display in the museum or take home with them.

The museum is also holding family craft activities during the school holidays on Tuesdays and Thursday from July 29-August 28. Events are held 10am-noon and 1-4pm. The drop-in sessions are free with all materials provides. …