The Tunnel Gallery

ReCreation by Frances Moffatt, commissioned by Navigator North. Photo credit Rachel Deakin

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.

Penumbra by Bethany Hunton, commissioned by Platform A Gallery. Photo credit, Kev Howard

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.

Boro Red by Jade Blood, commissioned by The Auxiliary. Photo credit, Rachel Deakin

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.

Sara Cooper Tunnel Gallery Commission
NZ4920 (code 142) by Sara Cooper, commissioned by Navigator North. Photo credit, Antony Chambers

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.

Virtual gallery space – The Tunnel Gallery, developed and built by Connor Clements
North East Statues Tunnel Gallery Commission
Shifting Sites by North East Statues, commissioned by Tees Valley Arts. Virtual exhibition.
The Warriors by Annie O’Donnell, commissioned by Platform A Gallery. Virtual exhibition.

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.

Legacy by WAX Collective, commissioned by The Auxiliary. Photo credit, Antony Chambers