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Image: Do The Collapse by Jonny Green. Image by Stephen Irving

Joining Middlesbrough’s art sphere is Pineapple Black Contemporary Art Space, a new project initiated by regional artists Bobby Benjamin and Stephen Irving. The simple contradiction and striking visuals of the name hint at the gallery’s celebration of contemporary art and boundary-pushing creativity, with the aim of showcasing work from seminal Northern and international artists alike.

Located in the Hill Street Shopping Centre, the gallery’s recent opening event revealed the renovated and reimagined space (previously New Look) through a preview of their first exhibition. The exhibition will be running throughout February and will feature works from some of the area’s best-known and emerging creative minds, including Alyson Agar, Bobby Benjamin, Mollie MacSween, Stephen Irving, Thomas Tyler, Lewis Robinson, Jonny Green and Gordon Dalton among others.

The gallery consists of three exhibition spaces: a main exhibition area, a 24/7 viewable gallery window, currently exhibiting Get Gone by Michael Davies, and The Changed Rooms, a space intended to be used for proposals and collectives. Pineapple Black also provides a range of studios, project areas and conference rooms for the benefit of artists.

Through the provision of adaptable exhibition and collaboration space, Middlesbrough’s new gallery aims to be much more than a traditional house of art. It’s also establishing itself as a driving force of artistic innovation and a promoter of local talent, setting up engagement points between artists, their work, the public and the region itself.

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