Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, ‘New Boosbeck Industries’ Presentation


Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Reception, Lingfield House

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A project by Adam Clarke commissioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) presents ‘New Boosbeck Industries’, a project by British, Teesside-born artist Adam Clarke. Clarke has been revisiting the Boosbeck Industries’ ethos and furniture designs to restart this production line.

The Boosbeck Industries were established in the 1930s as part of the Middlesbrough Settlement (known locally as Heartbreak Hill), an initiative led by the Pennyman family to tackle unemployment in the region. British designer and former Bauhaus student Wilfred Franks was brought to Heartbreak Hill to teach furniture making to workers – particularly miners from North Skelton, Boosbeck – who soon became skilled craftsmen.

Clarke is showing examples of the newly-produced pieces with illustrations of the fabrication process, along with ephemera from the original Boosbeck Industries initiative. A mix of trade stall, demonstration event and makers’ space, the display examines the significance of this enterprise’s legacy and its contemporary economic potential.

Adults and children are invited to work with Clarke and mima staff to make their own Boosbeck Industries furniture designs using the digital platform Sketch-up and other drawing materials. This display publicly introduces ‘New Boosbeck Industries’. A new presentation of this project takes place within the ‘Localism’ exhibition, which opens at mima on 10 October.

mima is part of Teesside University and funded by Arts Council England and Middlesbrough Council. The ‘New Boosbeck Industries’ is funded by Arts Council England and the Culture Programme of the European Union through mima as a project partner in the ‘Uses of Art’ programme with the L’Internationale confederation of European museums.


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