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Image: digital render of Sara Cooper’s commission

The latest in a series of The Tunnel Gallery artist commissions, responding to the hidden heritage stories of Middlesbrough’s Heritage Action Zone, will be launched via a new virtual gallery on Saturday 10th April. Work by five locally inspired creatives, including Connor Clements, Annie O’Donnell, Dan Cochran (North East Statues), Sara Cooper and WAX Collective will be available to view online at your leisure.

The virtual exhibition will be launched with an opening artist talk and Q&A with Connor Clements, who is a Teesside-based multi-disciplinary artist, curator and architectural graduate of Northumbria University. He uses his skills in 3D modelling and rendering, video production, web design, CAD drawing and scenography design to create online spaces for arts organisations through his organisation Dovetail Joints.

Two other commissions will be unveiled during the gallery launch. Billingham-based artist Annie O’Donnell has been inspired by the key stones which once adorned the much-loved Royal Exchange to create a series of large scale colourful abstract collages. Researcher Dan Cochran – who runs North East Statues, which seeks to uncover sculpture, history and community in the Tees Valley – has unearthed stories about pieces of public art in Middlesbrough including The Bottle of Notes and The Scales of Justice, which he shares through archival material, photographs and people’s personal memories.

The Tunnel Gallery virtual launch takes place on Saturday 10th April from 1pm

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