Kingsley’s Boro Art Blog

An unofficial guide to artwork owned by Middlesbrough Council.

Art n’ tha – notes on artwork in Middlesbrough

Frontispiece, Memoirs of County Durham by Tisa von der Schulenburg

My two favourite subjects at school were art and history. I’ve always been fascinated at how the world changes both culturally and historically and how we can learn lessons from the past. For me, there’s nothing better than when those two subjects collide and somehow link to people and events of huge historical significance. ItContinue reading “Frontispiece, Memoirs of County Durham by Tisa von der Schulenburg”

Emperor Penguin Freddie with Polar Bear Claw Necklace

With my previous posts I’ve possibly given you the impression that Middlesbrough Council only owns art that relates to the Middlehaven area of the town and I’m pleased to say this couldn’t be further from the truth- the collection spans many different eras, styles, continents, genres and mediums. For instance did you know that MiddlesbroughContinue reading “Emperor Penguin Freddie with Polar Bear Claw Necklace”

The Bottle of Notes by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje von Bruggen

This is a drawing by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje von Bruggen from 1988 of their sculpture the Bottle of Notes, which was eventually completed in 1992 and installed in the centre of Middlesbrough a year later. The drawing was used as a cover image for the prominent art magazine Artforum. The sculpture itself now standsContinue reading “The Bottle of Notes by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje von Bruggen”

The Old Town Hall by Margaret Harrison

Margaret Harrison’s practice addresses political concerns, particularly feminist ideals and histories. This painting is part of a series where she looked at the dominant visions of landscape and the built up environment by prominent male artists in museum collections (in this case the previously discussed Lowry in the Middlesbrough Collection) and reinterpreted them via herContinue reading “The Old Town Hall by Margaret Harrison”

The Old Town Hall, Middlesbrough by L.S. Lowry, 1959

The first piece I’d like to discuss is one of the most popular pieces in the mima collection, “The Old Town Hall and St Hilda’s Church” by one of Britains most famous artists, L.S. Lowry. Lowry’s painting represents an important part of Middlesbrough’s history both socially, economically and artistically. Originally painted as a commission forContinue reading “The Old Town Hall, Middlesbrough by L.S. Lowry, 1959”


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