Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Arty. Sponsors Club for Arts & Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Arty. Sponsors Club for Arts & Business

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BY the time you read this I have no idea what else will have happened in the financial world, but, whatever happens I know one thing.

However bad it gets I can still find five minutes to take time out and escape from the turmoil.

To this end in the midst of the huge bailout for the banks earlier in October The Times published an article under the headline "City gloom, arts boom: let's face the music and dance, sing and laugh". The point of the article was that, while all around us the financial sector and the economy is heading towards bust, cultural life in the country is at an all-time boom and especially so in the North-east. What's more much of it can be enjoyed for the recession busting amount of absolutely nothing.

So, why not take a walk through the centre of Middlesbrough and take in the splendour of the Town Hall and the fantastic new open space around mima with its dancing fountains and giant screen.

Go and look at the bottle of notes and if you haven't yet been into mima itself find the time to do so. There are currently two fantastic exhibitions on that, whatever your view on art, I bet you or someone in your family won't fail to enjoy.

Eric Bainbridge's exhibition shows large scale everyday objects covered in furry material and more. If they can't put a smile on your face then nothing will. Just remember that however much you want to touch you can't! If furry sculpture isn't to your taste then how about The Naked and The Nude: Works from the Tate Collection, a collection of works here in the heart of the Tees Valley that normally you'd have to make the trip to London to enjoy.

Both are on until November 16 and mima is open Tuesday to Sunday every week.

If your mobile phone is the only thing that matters to you then why not head to the pedestrianised junction of Linthorpe and Newport Road and interact with an artwork using your phone. Commissioned as part of Middlesbrough's urban regeneration programme, Spectra-txt changes colour in response to text messages sent in you. To change Spectra-txt's colour yourself, text 07919 00 00 77 with your choice of colour command: blue; starvibe;XXX; pearl; boro; or chromapop. …

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