Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Looking Good; Art Gallery and Square Win Design Award

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Looking Good; Art Gallery and Square Win Design Award

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

MIDDLESBROUGH'S art gallery mima and the adjacent Centre Square have been hailed among the region's very best in architecture and building design.

The gallery and square have been crowned with a Hadrian Award at a ceremony in Newcastle.

The Hadrian Awards, which are held every two years, celebrate the best in architecture and the design of the built environment in the North East and Cumbria.

From an original line up of 50 entries mima was one of six to triumph.

The citation read: "Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the Public Square development has successfully transformed the former, disparate space into a vibrant public space in the heart of Middlesbrough.

"The gallery itself provides a venue in which Middlesbrough Council can display its own collection of contemporary art, and provide a home for touring exhibitions of the highest quality.

"The building is of contemporary design, and has already attracted significant praise for its architectural design.

"The building provides a stunning backdrop to the new Public Square which in itself has provided a venue for a range of activities including the BBC's Proms in the Park concert."

mima opened in January 2007 and was designed by Eric Van Egeraat architects.

Centre Square is one of Europe's largest civic spaces and now hosts cultural and innovative public events, including at the present time the Middlesbrough Big Wheel.

Dave Budd, Middlesbrough Council's Executive councillor for regeneration and economic development, said: "The fact that the Hadrian Awards recognise functionality as well as architecture and design illustrates how successful the development of mima and Centre Square has been.

"mima and Centre Square have become an integral part of the town and are a symbol of how it continues to move forward."

Kate Brindley, the council's director of museums and Galleries, said: "It's a huge honour for mima to win a Hadrian Award. …

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