Early Warning Signs

Birmingham Open Media

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Centre Square
Middlesbrough
TS1 2AZ



The red on white sign was adopted by Gordon Dalton, Producer at Creative Factory, Middlesbrough. The sign was initially displayed outside their offices in the Town Hall until March 2019, when it was moved to take up residence outside Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. At MIMA the sign will be looked after by Director Laura Sillars, who was also responsible for the blue on white in 2012 when it was displayed outside Sheffield's Site Gallery where she used to be Artistic Director. This marks the first time a sign has visited England's North East.

Applications are now being sought for a host venue for this sign in 2020. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Artsadmin in London, the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Castlefield Gallery & Lionel Dobie Project in Manchester, FACT in Liverpool, The Tetley in Leeds, Edinburgh Printmakers, Deveron Projects in Huntly, BOM in Birmingham and now MIMA too, then please see further information about how to 'adopt a sign'.




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Early Warning Signs by artist Ellie Harrison Middlesbrough Town Hall entrance Creative Factory, Middlesbrough have been chosen to adopt a ‘climate / change’ sign, to be displayed outside of Middlesbrough Town Hall as part of part of artist Ellie Harrison’s Early Warning Signs project. Appearing for the first time in the North East, the Town Hall becomes part of a rich history of venues all around the UK who have adopted a sign. The Early Warning Signs project was one of the outcomes of ‘A Good Climate for Business’ - Ellie Harrison’s residency at Two Degrees festival at Artsadmin, London. A series of four of these ‘climate / change’ signs was produced to be displayed outside not as an advertisement but to simply remind us of the consequences of our consumption and global warming. Harrison acknowledged the contradictions in producing such material heavy permanent signs for the sake of a one-week festival, especially one that was meant to be addressing issues of sustainability. It seemed vital for the artist’s integrity, that the four ‘climate / change’ signs be allowed to continue to promote their cause long into the future. In the spirit of her Harrison’s mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle your art’ and to address the public’s responsibility towards climate change, Harrison decided to tour the four signs to different public locations throughout the UK. Host venues are asked to assist in this process by sharing details via their websites, social media and email lists using #earlywarningsigns, and directing enquiries to the project website: ellieharrison.com/climatebusiness Previous venues include Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool

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