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The Great Create

Join The MIMA Great Create

Developed in collaboration with our School of Arts & Creative Industries and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), we're calling all budding creatives to help develop content for a giant, visual celebration of our proud North East heritage as part of The MIMA Great Create.

What is The MIMA Great Create? How to enter Prizes

What is The MIMA Great Create?

You are invited to submit a creative piece, developed solely for this competition, that represents the heritage, beauty and culture of our region, to be in with the chance of winning an Apple MacBook, the opportunity to have your work featured in a special exhibition in MIMA gallery, and a number of other exciting prizes. Entrants are asked to consider how the region has developed and your experiences of living in the area. Categories include:

Character, strip, drawing or full comicComic

Character, strip, drawing or full comic

Clip, lyrics or full songMusic

Clip, lyrics or full song

Feature film or just an extractVideo

Feature film or just an extract

Sculpture, ceramic or constructionModel

Sculpture, ceramic or construction

Drawing and paintingArtwork

Drawing or painting

Digital or analoguePhotograph

Digital or analogue


Tapestry, patchwork or garment


Graphic, interior or product

Who can enter?

We welcome entries from anyone aged 16 and over.

You may enter as an individual or a group, but there must only be one piece for each entry.

How to enter

Complete the registration form today to register your interest and secure a place in the competition before then emailing your entry along with a 100 word description to Please read the terms and conditions before submitting your entry.


1st prize

An Apple MacBook plus the opportunity to further develop your entry or your creative portfolio on campus in our modern facilities and with the support of our technical and academic team.

2nd prize

Art bundle full of great essential resources to support your craft and making projects plus the opportunity to further develop your entry or your creative portfolio on campus in our modern facilities and with the support of our technical and academic team.

3rd prize

The opportunity to further develop your entry or your creative portfolio on campus in our modern facilities and with the support of our technical and academic team.

Winning entries and a selection of shortlisted entries will be showcased in a pop-up exhibition in MIMA gallery over several weeks from 28 May 2022.



We are delighted to welcome a panel of experts to help us decide on our worthy winners. They include:

Max Howard

Max Howard

Film producer

Max created and ran animation studios for The Walt Disney Company in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disney's most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation, he oversaw hit movies such as The Iron Giant and Space Jam. At DreamWorks, he was co-executive producer for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

Read more about Max

Max served as an executive producer on the recently completed animated feature film and TV series, 100% Wolf, being produced in Australia by Flying Bark Animation Productions. He was also an executive producer on the Christmas movie, Saving Santa, and a slate of animated feature films for Exodus Film Group: Igor, The Hero of Color City, and Bunyan and Babe.

Max is currently serving as executive producer on Avoke Production's upcoming animated feature, Drew's World. Throughout his illustrious animation career, Max Howard has worked with UNICEF to bring health and social messages to developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South America using animation, underscoring the important role this medium can bring to overcome ethnic and social prejudices. Max is a sought-after animation consultant and a feature animation guest speaker/lecturer/panelist - both in person and online - at art schools, universities, festivals and industry events worldwide, as well as acting in an advisory capacity developing the animation curriculum with numerous schools. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Max is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Teesside University in recognition of his services to the animation industry.

Ben Russi

Ben Russi

BA (Hons) Product Design graduate

Lead engineer, Dyson

Born in Middlesbrough, BA (Hons) Product Design graduate Ben completed a masters before joining Dyson in 2014 as a graduate design engineer. During his time there he has been involved in the design of the vacuum cleaner, hair care, hand drier and environment control products at various stages of development, from inception to manufacture.

Read more about Ben

Today he is a lead design engineer, working with people such as Sir James Dyson to develop the next generation of Dyson products. His role is at the very early stage of Dyson's product development, in its new concepts team. He has experience in everything from robotics, mechanics, electronics, physical product design and mechanical engineering. He also teaches the student apprentices at Dyson and is always willing to share his expertise and experience.

Outside of Dyson he designs personal electric vehicles, drones and innovations to improve products such as wheel chairs. He is always looking for better ways to design and engineer products. For him, the more challenging a project the better.

Graham Dury

Graham Dury

Viz cartoonist

Graham was born in 1962 and studied botany at the University of Nottingham. After graduation, he became a plant scientist at the University of Leicester where he was working on the genetic transformation of wheat in order to develop drought tolerant crops. However, in 1987 he threw away his glittering career to write and draw puerile cartoons for Viz comic. He has been a co-editor, writer and cartoonist for Viz for 35 years and keeps promising his mum he will pack it in one day and get a proper job.

Elinor Morgan

Elinor Morgan

Artistic Director, MIMA

Elinor has worked at MIMA since 2015, connecting artists and communities through programmes that are rooted to the Tees Valley and connected with global topics. For 12 years she has curated residencies, exhibitions, public and education programmes across the UK working at institutions in Norwich, Cambridge, Birmingham and on independent projects in London.

Read more about Elinor

Elinor contributes to the research community of Teesside University and supervises PhDs within. She sits on a number of committees and steering groups for the development of arts and culture in the Tees Valley and wider north east. She is passionate about equity and is a board member for Disability Arts Online. Elinor enjoys writing and editing essays, articles and reviews. In 2018 she co-edited 'The Constituent Museum' (Valiz), a reader on how arts institutions might work differently with their publics.

James Brady

James Brady

CoCo Comics

James graduated in comics and graphic novels at Teesside before taking up a role looking after the social media accounts for Sona Circle Refugee Recruitment. He's also started his own comic book company, CoCo Comics, with three other graduates and is about to take up a role as a visiting lecturer at Teesside. He's currently working on two graphic novel pitches which he's hoping to send to publishers this year.

Dan Cunningham

Dan Cunningham

Global Head of Brand, Berghaus

Dan's career started in logistics with DHL before a move into the world of advertising. He's worked at leading creative agencies such as Publicis, Saatchi&Saatchi and adam&eveDDB, before he joined the start-up agency Dark Horses as its first hire when it was established in 2016.

Read more about Dan

Amongst various roles, Dan led new business efforts for the agency globally, playing a key role in winning business from the likes of TikTok, Peloton, PUMA, Chelsea FC, Just Eat and the Women's Super League, to name a few. In 2019, Dark Horses was recognised as the 5th fastest growing agency in the world.

Living in London, Dan splits his time between there and Sunderland where he is the Global Head of Brand for Berghaus as they embark on a new strategy designed to drive reappraisal for the brand.

Verity Adriana

Verity Adriana


Verity is a practicing visual artist who uses light, installation and photography to investigate the phenomenology of the metaphysical and existential. She has been a practicing and exhibiting artist for over a decade.

She was born in Hull and grew up around the world wherever her mother found work, including Spain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. She returned to Hull independently at the age of 14 to see herself through her final years at school and went onto establish herself in the arts community.

Read more about Verity

She went onto study for a BA (Hons) and an MA in arts and has had work selected by British Journal of Photography, Art Journal, District Magazine and more. She now lives and practices in North Yorkshire.

Alex Kerman

Alex Kerman

Senior Marketing Manager, Adobe UK

Alex is a marketer at Adobe, specifically focused on engaging with Adobe's fantastically creative student community. Having been with Adobe for over five years, she has worked across many marketing campaigns with partners such as Amazon, TikTok and Lady Gaga. Prior to this, Alex worked in marketing across the travel and online dating industries. Adobe believes in 'creativity for all' and Alex is thrilled to introduce tools like Creative Cloud to the next generation of superstars, whether they're aiming to be a creative director or a YouTube sensation.

The MIMA Great Create Days

Need help crafting or finalising your entry? Then come along to one of our MIMA Great Create days to get expert advice and use our state-of-the-art facilities to hone your creative skills. Even if you don't want to enter the competition you're still welcome to join us on one of these interactive days to try out some ideas and speak to those in the know - you may even walk away inspired with an idea for an entry.

Want to learn more about undergraduate study at Teesside University?. Then come along to one of our open days.

Terms and conditions

To enter The MIMA Great Create you are required to:

  • Complete the registration form and then send your entry (an image or media file) along with a 100 word description to
  • Provide the full name of the person or group who created the entry as the as copyright owner(s).
  • Provide the location, date and time the entry was created.
  • Provide a telephone number for the entrant or group so we can get back to you if we have any further questions.
  • Provide any other details about the image or media file that may be useful for us to know.
  • Confirm that by submitting an entry, you do so in accordance with the terms and conditions of The MIMA Great Create competition.
  • Confirm that the copyright holder(s) gives permission for the School of Arts & Creative Industries to use their asset across all its outputs.

Terms and conditions

  • Only one entry per individual or group.
  • Minimum age for entry is 16 years old.
  • Submissions close on 9 May 2022.
  • File sizes must be no larger than 1MB - for larger files please send through WeTransfer.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to move any entry into a different category if they feel it is more appropriate.
  • In contributing to The MIMA Great Create, entrants agree to grant Teesside University a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide.
  • Entrants still own the copyright to everything they contribute to The MIMA Great Create and if their image or media file is accepted, we will publish their name alongside.
  • The School of Arts & Creative Industries cannot guarantee that all images or media files will be used and we reserve the right to edit entrants comments.
  • At no time should entrants endanger themselves or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws while collecting any kind of media
  • Entrants are encouraged to consider online risks when creating their submission and should not share anything that they wouldn't want the wider public to know about such as a home address or other specific location or private thoughts or feelings.
  • You may not enter the competition if you are an employee of the University