Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough Commissions

Sara Cooper Tunnel Gallery Commission
Sara Cooper Commission, The Tunnel Gallery Pilot Programme 2020

The Tunnel Gallery

The Tunnel Gallery is an exploration of public art in Middlesbrough. Delivered as a collaboration between Navigator North, The Auxiliary, Tees Valley Arts and Platform A Gallery. Site specific temporary works responding to heritage are shown in the pedestrian underpass in Middlesbrough Railway Station, the billboard under the A66 bridge on Albert Road and online via virtual galleries and website. Four new commissions will continue to build upon the pilot project which took place between October 2020 and April 2021.

Find out more about The Tunnel Gallery here. If you would like to find out abut our latest Tunnel Gallery commission click here.

Beth Hunton

Beth Hunton is the latest artist to be commissioned for The Tunnel Gallery by Platform A Gallery as part of the Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough cultural programme. Beth was selected from a shortlist of 5 recent graduates from Northern School of Art to create a new work inspired by the heritage of Middlesbrough Railway Station, the results of which will be exhibited at the Tunnel Gallery in September/October 2021.

Beth said, “My work is often described as industrial and imposing. My childhood was wildly dominated by industry due to my family’s connections with the Steel Works and Shipyards. So, artistically I’m always brought back to those innate connections. I can’t wait to start working alongside Platform A Gallery to unveil some of Middlesbrough’s hidden histories. I’m especially interested in Middlesbrough Railway Station, not just what we see today but the structures and buildings which once surrounded that area of town which are no longer there.”

Over Summer 2021 a programme of activities and artist talks will encourage people to find out about the commission, take part and explore the heritage of the area.


Middlesbrough Collection Artist Commission

Delivered in partnership with MIMA. This will be a research commission focused on the Middlesbrough Collection and its archive. It will explore histories of presenting and collecting art in Middlesbrough and the social and political life of the area through revealing overlooked narratives and sharing new perspectives on the area’s heritage.