From 2020 (HSHAZ cultural pilot project) this new iteration of The Tunnel Gallery has been led and programmed by four independent arts organisations in Middlesbrough including; Navigator North, Tees Valley Arts, Platform A Gallery and The Auxiliary who are founding members of Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership.
The Tunnel Gallery is an exploration of public art in Middlesbrough. As part of Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough, site specific temporary works were shown in the pedestrian underpass in Middlesbrough Railway Station, the billboard under the A66 bridge on Albert Road and virtually via a dedicated website here.
As the first and pilot project for the HSHAZ, curatorial themes investigated how artists and communities can respond to the hidden heritage of Middlesbrough through artist commissions.
Between June 2021 and February 2023, four commissions have taken place with associated community engagement activities and the production of creative resources building on the five commissions from the 2020/21 pilot.
Between 2020 and 2023 commissioned artists include – Sara Cooper, WAX collective, Connor Clements, Annie O’Donnell, North East Statues, Frances Moffatt, Jade Blood, Aphra O’Connor and Bethany Hunton.