Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) launches its autumn season with Idea Home Show, an exhibition that contributes to the urgent debate around housing.
Open now, Idea Home Show takes a political slant, demonstrating how practitioners working between art, architecture, design and activism are proposing ground-up solutions to homebuilding, actively opposing the corporate interests of the construction industry and provoking civic and commercial interest in providing affordable, good quality, social housing.
In February 2017, the government published a white paper titled ‘Fixing Our Broken Housing Market’ in response to growing awareness of, and unrest about, a myriad of issues in how people live in the UK. A recent report by Shelter, ‘Shut out: the barriers low-income households face in private renting’, highlights that more than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020 because of rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing provision.
“There is an urgent need to look at the housing crisis at many levels” comments director Alistair Hudson. “It is vital that we re-route development away from a trajectory of profit extraction. Rather than building to make money we need to be creating architecture for living.
“There is a long history in the relationship among art, architecture, design and society. We are continuing this tradition using this season’s programme to fire up the debate and to launch new initiatives in housing and community building. We are working actively beyond the gallery, in some of Middlesbrough’s most challenged areas. These projects include Isabel Lima’s Gresham’s Wooden Horse; working with residents in North Ormesby; Creative Age, an initiative involving those living with dementia, in partnership with Thirteen; our support of design social enterprise New Boosbeck Industries; and the launch of George Clarke’s MOBIE partnership with Teesside University.”
For further information head to visitmima.com.