Bridge + Tunnel Voices is a visionary arts and media charity specialising in community, education, and project-based work to tackle issues related to social change, identity and representation in the North East of England.
Founded in 2001 by award-winning artist and filmmaker Tina Gharavi, BTV often employs digital media as a tool to allow participants to express themselves, so as to combat discrimination and social stigma, hence enabling them to learn new skills, gain confidence, and self-worth.
Our work: We provide film and photography training to young people, individuals and groups facing complex social, economic and educational challenges. We have worked over a period of time with BME communities, refugees and asylum seekers, Roma communities, as well as young people at risk-of-offending. We have strong partnerships including: The British Museum, BBC, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The British Council, Newcastle University, Durham University, Tyneside Cinema, North of England Refugee Service, among others.
Together with our media partner Bridge + Tunnel Productions, we have produced a range of socially-focused projects including documentaries, exhibitions, interactive websites, learning resources, and community filmmaking programmes that inspire and empower our participants, such as BAFTA-nominated, feature-length film I Am Nasrine and interactive web platform Wiki: Wonderland. You can find out more about our previous projects here.
Empowerment is at the heart of our work. We seek to facilitate the unique voices of diverse and harder to reach communities through the power of digital arts and increasingly, interactive media. We situate this work in a range of locations – within schools, mainstream galleries, community groups, and on the web to create meaningful opportunities for education, training and employment for our beneficiaries. Our projects involve participant-led workshops, storytelling, installations, exhibitions, training, documentaries, interactive educational projects and web-based projects.
Our dedicated core staff team is led by charity director Nelly Stavropoulou, lead artist and filmmaker Tina Gharavi and company manager Beatriz Clemente. We are also supported by the expertise of our trustees, volunteers, patrons and freelancers who have worked with us over our 14-year history.