Lockdown: A virtual, interactive exhibition featuring The Tunnel artists

The Tunnel is an art collective featuring a diverse collective of artists, musicians and filmmakers based in London.The Tunnel is an art collective featuring a diverse collective of artists, musicians and filmmakers based in London.

The Tunnel is an art collective featuring a diverse collective of artists, musicians and filmmakers based in London.

Immerse yourself in artistic responses to this troubling time from the comfort of your quarantine.- Chris Godber

Lockdown is a virtual and interactive art exhibition curated and built by Tunnel artist Chris Godber.

The Lockdown exhibition explores the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Featuring work created by the international artists collective, you can explore a bespoke virtual environment in your browser built with the HTML5 / WebGL game Engine PlayCanvas

Artists spoke about their work as Chris guided us through the virtual space, which looks much like the spaces we have exhibited in real life.

Unfortunately as I was talking about my work, which featured nudity (see below), Youtube actually cut us off due to “inappropriate content”! I was slightly flabbergasted as the work is clearly collaged and does not in anyway resemble a realistic body. I think all the nipples were just too much for the algorithm ha ha.

We have since appealed the decision, they now confirmed that it is indeed “art” and they have allowed us to keep the recording which you can find HERE



We aim to do another live stream event at a later date to give the other participating artists a chance to speak about their work, and give viewers the chance to ask questions and make comments in real time. Stay tuned or join my newsletter to stay updated.

Heart of Darkness: A Group Exhibiton by The Tunnel artists

Heart of Darkness

The Tunnel art collective will play host to a group show featuring some rather amazing artists I am very proud to show with. I’ll be exhibiting the new piece for the first time so I hope you can make it if you are in London!

The circular paintings will incorporate the Animal in Me and a series I’ve had in mind for a few years now: Kaleidoscopes. I am bringing back the surrealistic, erotic figure while still maintaining the automatic, spontaneous and almost abstract image making made possible by the inkblot.

I hope you will like them.

The Nineteenth exhibition by The Tunnel using the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902) and Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola (1979) as a base.

Join @thetunnelartists this Saturday to enjoy this carefully curated group exhibition and night of performances 🍂🔥🍁

When : SAT 30th Nov 6-9pm & Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: @hundred_years_gallery
13 Pearson Street
E2 8JD
( nearest tube: Hoxton)

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Below is a sneak peek of my new painting so far. After working so up close and intimately with the canvas, I’m always surprised at how the forms seem to form themselves and are revealed to me only as I stand back. In a way the act of painting is an act of love making. I always think of Bob Ross saying “make love to the canvas” I find this both hilarious and affirmative!

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Metamorphosis: A Group Exhibition


A Group Exhibition exploring themes in Franz Kafka’s novel; Metamorphosis




Opening THIS Friday 2 October 6-9pm!

I’m very excited about The Tunnel’s up coming show, our third group exhibition as a collective! Metamorphosis is a fine art exhibition which is based on Franz Kafka’s novella of the same name.

Artists in the exhibition include:

Jamie Stanton
Chris Paul Godber
Jessica Ballantyne
Lauren Mele
Julie Ann
Genevieve Leavold
Mathew Tudor
Elena Dimitrova
Mervyn Diese
Robyn Litchfield

If you are in the area, please do come along and support the artists!:)

The story revolves around a dutiful man who, overnight, transforms into a giant bug. All ten artists involved have interpreted the theme a little differently, for some of us our usual art work has elements of the kinds of themes present in the book; isolation, transformation, decay, the body, the grotesque, surrealism, etc.

I am making collage/box art objects. They are more sculptural but include photography, textiles and sculptural elements.
The ‘ box houses’ I have made are inspired by the fact that much of the story takes place in the main character’s room where he is a kind of prisoner- in his body as well as the space.
My art objects or “Domestic Dissections” reveal something of the inner world of thoughts,emotions and identity. I will also be showing my painting; Legs that Go, which hasn’t been shown in a gallery setting yet, so that should be interesting!

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Opening Night:This Friday 2 October 6-9pm
runs from
3 October – 6th October


Rum Factory,
Unit 4 Pennington St,

Closest public transport : Shadwell (DLR) and Tower Hill

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