Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Our first newsletter of 2021

We really pleased to be able to bring some good news to you in our first newsletter of 2021.

We've been continuing the work we started in Autumn last year, as part of our collaboration to re-establish The Tunnel Gallery in Middlesbrough Railway Station. After the initial commissions were installed in December 2020 we adapted the remaining commissions to be more virtual. We're really pleased with how this has turned out and can't wait to share all 5 commissions and the new website with virtual galleries, this Saturday. If you want to hear more about how we've done this join us for the artist talk at 1pm, details and booking links are further down the newsletter.

From this month we are open again for applications for our studio spaces. We've updated our information too and everything can be found on our website.

Last but not least, you might have noticed us talking about Navigator being 10 years old. We asked artists, partners and friends to help us mark the occasion by sharing a memory, which we have then transformed into a series of GIFs. We hope that they bring a smile to your face as they do ours.

Best wishes Vicky, Nicola and James
Image above - The Tunnel Gallery, virtual space created by Connor Clements

The Tunnel Gallery goes virtual

Saturday 10th April, 1pm

Join us for the virtual launch of The Tunnel Gallery, Middlesbrough and our most recent artist commissions with Connor Clements, Annie O’Donnell and Dan Cochran (North East Statues), as well as previous commissions with Sara Cooper and WAX Photography Collective.

A new dedicated website will host each of the artists works in their own separate galleries, where anyone with an internet enabled device and WiFi connection can visit from anywhere around the world 24/7.

We will be opening the galleries with an artist talk with Connor Clements about his practice and the development of virtual spaces for artists, followed by a Q&A.

Places are free, book via Eventbrite

Image above - The Tunnel Gallery, virtual gallery with commission from Sara Cooper, NZ4920 (code 142) 

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, including 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 and website.

Between September 2020 and April 2021 as part of a pilot project, we ran 5 commissions with Sara Cooper, WAX Photography Collective (Amy Owens, Rachel Deakin, Antony Chambers and Jason Hynes), Connor Clements, Annie O’Donnell and Dan Cochran of North East Statues.

This series of commissions aim to investigate how artists and communities can respond to the hidden heritage of Middlesbrough through a series of artist commissions offered in partnership with Historic England through Middlesbrough High Street Heritage Action Zone.

As part of their research and in developing new works the artists have worked with archival material and collections held in public institutions, such as Teesside Archives and The Dorman Museum as well as from individuals. Activities have included public call outs for photographs and associated material, online discussions, site surveys, group walks, drawing sessions, artist talks, ‘how to guides’ and the sharing of memories and stories connected to the towns heritage.

Open for applications for studio space in April

From this month we are open again for applications for our studio spaces. We currently have space available in two of our buildings in Middlesbrough, Dundas House in the centre of town and Riverside House on Riverside Park.

We've also updated our information about our spaces, what we offer and how we support artists.

Visit our website for further information and how to apply here


10 years in GIFs

As we continue to mark our last 10 years here's a taste of the memories people have shared with us.

From top left to right - 

Christina Hesford - "I was thinking back to the Stable Project. The moments that stand out for me are the group conversations - bringing creatives together in a room, or a space, to share ideas, problem-solve, encourage one another, to work as a team, to be in community. It was the experience for me that established my confidence to call myself a practicing an artist, not just an arts graduate."

Joanne Coates - "Working and living as an artist in a rural location without a key art community was really isolating. In 2018 I started Navigator North's C O L L I D E R S C O P E programme, that has led to connections and a small community with artists in the area. I highly valued the mentorship, I often struggled with how to price and to talk about money in the arts. After working with a Nicola Golightly as my mentor I was able to understand this, and be given the confidence to do this. What this meant is that my practice became more sustainable, and I am still able to practice today. As an artist with a disability who is working class it is often hard to find a place or space in the industry. The mentorship gave me confidence to become the artist I always was but not able to believe in.”

Roberto Picciau - “I remember getting my studio as soon as I finished my Fine Art BA in 2012. Dundas House was holding me, providing me with the space to figure things out, to incubate my artistic identity outside of the the academic institution, & forging a relationship with the wider world”

Karen Watson & Jon Wakeman - "There was always a really genuine welcome and inclusive feel when we visited Dundas House...The way NN approached the building was efficient but sensitive to its very recent history. A space that Ken (Stratford) made happen makes it also a bit special."

Keep your eyes peeled as we reveal more soon...


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