Alistair Hudson is Director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima). Since becoming Director in 2014 he has sought to implement his vision for transforming mima into a Useful Museum: an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change.
Before mima, Alistair was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.
As traditional forms of art and culture come under scrutiny like never before - and the ‘use’ value of art slips away from ordinary society - Alistair asks: is this the time to evolve new kinds of institutions that test different approaches to making art work in society?
Please note this talk takes place at the Hiscox building