The Tunnel Gallery is an exploration of public art in Middlesbrough. It is led and programmed by four of the Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership independent arts organisations - Tees Valley Arts, Navigator North, Platform A Gallery and The Auxiliary Project Space.
From Autumn 2020 the project has expanded out from the original location of the gallery in the pedestrian underpass in Middlesbrough Railway Station to include a billboard under the A66 road bridge on Albert Road and most recently the creation of new virtual galleries on this website.
Currently artist commissions aim to investigate how artists and communities can respond to the hidden heritage of Middlesbrough. These have been made possible through our partnership with Historic England through Middlesbrough High Street Heritage Action Zone as part of Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough – a two year cultural programme.
As part of the research and in development of new works, artists work with archival material and collections held in public institutions, such as Teesside Archives and The Dorman Museum.
Activities include interactive research opportunities, online discussions, site surveys, group walks, workshops, artist talks, ‘how to guides’ and learning resources and the sharing of memories connected to the towns heritage.
The development of the online virtual space for The Tunnel Gallery allows each of the commissions to be shared anywhere in the world 24/7, acting as exhibition space, archive and resource.