Hillstreet Shopping Centre,
OPEN: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Im a big fan of arts centres on high streets and in shopping complexes, as i feel this is such a great way to integrate into a community and have people see art, even if it’s just through a window. Pineapple Black is one such place, they are based inside Hillstreet shopping centre in Middlesbrough and have an interesting program of exhibitions and events combining exciting spaces for art in an old New Look store. Ran by local artists and curators Bobby Benjamin and Stephen Irving.
The main gallery space is vast and rather intimidating but then they also use as a separate gallery space the old changing rooms and my favourite of the spaces a window space with 24/7 viewing, i haven’t seen another space like this in the North East. I would encourage you all to check them out online where you can see an archive of exhibitions and events.