This time we met up at Colleen's house and, after lots of tea and chatting, we set off for a visit behind the scenes at mima. Colleen had organised with the archivist, Helen Welford, for us to take a look at their collection of paintings and ceramics that included many pieces from the old Middlesbrough Art Gallery that I fondly remember visiting in my younger days.
|The Old Town Hall and St Hilda's Church|
by L S Lowry 1959
There were many outstanding paintings e.g. two studies of nudes in pastel by Anthony Eaton, a dramatic oil painting by one of The Glasgow Boys but my favourite by far was a modest sized oil painting, in the 1940s section, that Joy and I stumbled upon, entitled Scullerry Sink by a local Boro artist Glynn Porteous.
|Scullery Sink by Glynn Porteous|
Another favourite artist of mine is Tom McGuiness, who is one of the Pitmen Painters who were a group of working miners from the North East, and my husband and I are proud owners of a small but precious limited edidition a lithograph of his, entitled Miners Going In Bye, which we bought in 1977.
|Miners Going In Bye 1976 by Tom McGuiness|
MIMA however have a magnificent oil painting entitled Early Morning Shift as well as 3 beautiful lithographs and etchings similar to ours and the one below.
|The A Team by Tom McGuiness|
|Early Morning Shift 1959 by Tom McGuiness. A large oil |
painting purchased by Middlesbrough Art Gallery in 1964
|Temenos by Anish Kapoor|
|Good Friends at Temenos|
|Orbit by Anish Kapoor at the Olympic Park|
To complete our trip we took the Transporter Bridge to carry us across the river in its moving cage proving, despite what Auf Wiedersehen Pet claimed, it was not sent to Arizona!
|View from the moving car deck.|