29 October – 21 November 2015
Theaster Gates will stage his first public project in the UK this autumn, at a specially built temporary site in the ruins of Temple Church in Bristol.
Entitled ‘Sanctum’, the artist has invited musicians and performers from across Bristol to sustain a performance of sound and spoken word continuously for 24 days, 24 hours a day.
Produced by Situations, the international public art producers, ‘Sanctum’ is commissioned as part of the cultural programme for Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.
Gates will build a temporary structure within the remaining shell of the 13th century Temple Church, which was gutted by fire in a Second World War bombing raid 75 years ago and is now a scheduled monument, under the care of English Heritage.
Visitors will be able to visit ‘Sanctum’ throughout the day and night, though capacity will be limited to ensure an intimate gathering at any one time. On entering ‘Sanctum’ visitors will not know who they might be about to hear – whether a headlining band, spoken word artist or gospel choir – contributing to the sense of ‘Sanctum’ as a gathering space for collaborations and new encounters. Performers will be announced in September.
Gates will give a performance lecture at St. George’s, Bristol to celebrate the opening of 'Sanctum' on Saturday 31 October at 7pm.
Photo: Sara Pooley