The Modern Jewel
The Modern Jewel is a major new contemporary jewellery exhibition and mima’s largest presentation of jewellery to date. As part of museumaker, over the last year Middlesbrough Museums and Galleries have been working with makers Atelier Ted Noten and Lin Cheung & Laura Potter, to commission pieces of jewellery for the collection and the people of Middlesbrough. Taking over four large gallery spaces, the new works will be shown alongside other works from Middlesbrough collection and pieces by Maisie Broadhead.
museumaker is a prestigious national project, involving sixteen museums across four participating regions, funded by Arts Council England and MLA and its Renaissance programme. It is unlocking the creative potential of collections through imaginative interchanges between the heritage and contemporary craft sectors. museumaker is a collaborative initiative across Middlesbrough Museums Service, mima, The Dorman Museum and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
As part of Museumaker, Atelier Ted Noten was commissioned to produce a piece of jewellery for each taxi driver, which came in the form of a wing that referred to Hermes, the godly messenger. These portraits were hung on the wall of fame in mima's gallery.