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Image: Chila Kumari Burman, Love Not Gold, 2009, Cibachrome print, Image courtesy of the artist

Exhibitions rooted in identity, sexuality and community typify MIMA’s autumn season, which kicks off on Saturday 20th October and runs until Sunday 3rd February. The Middlesbrough gallery welcome two solo shows and one group exhibition which span folk art, LGBTQI rights and feminist Black Arts activism.

Chila Kumari Burman’s Tales of Valiant Queens builds on the artist’s experiences as a key player in the British Black Arts movement of the mid-80s. Bringing together work made between the 1970s and the present day, her exhibition is rooted in diverse cultures and her upbringing in a Punjabi Hindu family in Liverpool. Her art centres on themes of female empowerment, social and political activism, folk traditions and colonial legacies. The artist will be on hand on the opening day to share insights into her colourful works.

The work of Cumbrian folk artist Peter Hodgson goes under the microscope in Making, A Life. Featuring a variety of materials, from ceramics, leather, horn, textiles and wood as well as print-making, film and writing, relationships between folk and contemporary art and design are examined, along with the artist’s witty observations of the natural world. A variety of work by collaborating artists adds to the exhibition, and a newly-made piece, The Middlesbrough Quilt – hand-crafted by Cloth Club – will be shown.

Also on display at the museum is Living Beyond Limits, which brings works from the permanent Middlesbrough Collection together to showcase art created by those whose life or work deviate from Western norms around gender and sexuality. A political and activism based show, themes of racism, sexism and class inequalities, as well as sexual politics and identity are explored.

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