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A Trail of two Cities – an art, design, architecture and geography project
Middlesbrough on Teesside has been dubbed in the press as 'the worst place in Britain to live today'. This project challenged pupils to explore their local environment considering the positive benefits of the area. Year nine at Macmillan Academy, after having taken their options and completing their SATs, were given a week long opportunity to investigate whether the development of the new MIMA Contemporary Art Gallery on the river had boosted regeneration locally. In 'A Trail of Two Cities', they contrasted Gateshead Quays and its Baltic Art Factory, with Middlehaven and Mima in Middlesbrough and investigated the range of architectural styles in these areas. This necessitated a visit to MIMA to work in and around the Museum. Their findings presenting alternative ideas for their towns’ development were finally staged in an exhibition. The project involved both art and design and geography departments working together, with an ex-student who was studying to be an architect providing a practical architectural workshop.

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