Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Ladies' Day at Mima; Girl Power: Three Great New Exhibitions at Mima

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Ladies' Day at Mima; Girl Power: Three Great New Exhibitions at Mima

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ON SHOW: Camplin's coal TEESSIDE is showing something of its own heart at mima's three new exhibitions opening today.

It's a case of here comes the girls - with the trio all produced by women.

JOANNE WELFORD got a sneak peek.

THERE'S a real flavour of Teesside at the heart of new exhibitions opening at mima today.

The Middlesbrough art gallery has unveiled its latest shows, which include a very definite focus on the area's industrial heritage.

The new line-up at mima includes the first major solo show by London born British artist BONNIE CAMPLIN together with works by recently discovered local artist VIVA TALBOT.

There's also a new piece by Swedish sound artist HANNA HARTMAN.

"Middlesbrough is a town with great pride and ambition," says mima director Kate Brindley.

"These exhibitions are a fantastic way to take a fresh look at Middlesbrough's heritage and how it has influenced the development of the Middlesbrough we know today.

"It's also a real coup to present works that have been produced specifically for mima and Middlesbrough.

"Mima is delighted to be working with both historic artists locally and regionally such as Viva Talbot as well as promoting emerging internationally recognised artists like Bonnie Camplin."

The largest space in the gallery is given to Camplin, who started working with mima three years ago to create works specific to Middlesbrough.

The result is Railway Mania which runs through the gallery's downstairs rooms and looks at the industrial development of the town, the railways, shipbuilding and steelworks with a thread of Camplin's interest in post feminism and women's rights running through.

Her acclaimed HB pencil drawings are on show together with an 18 metre long work showing black and white fashion poses in uniforms representative of their various roles in the world.

Coal had a huge part to play in the North-east's industrial heritage and in Room 1 of the gallery, Camplin has used the substance to create a work that also includes sheets of corrugated steel and two giant female heads named Irene Iree and Feral Cheryl. …

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