Theaster Gates: Sanctum
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Date(s) - Thu 29 October - Sat 21 November
All Day

Temple Church



This autumn, a remarkable structure will rise up from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church in Bristol. For 24 days, this 14th century site will be transformed into an intimate gathering place in which to hear the city like never before.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates was invited by Bristol arts producer, Situations, to create
his first public project in the UK as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

The artist has sought out discarded and dormant materials from former places of labour and religious devotion across Bristol to build an intimate and distinctive temporary structure at Temple Church. From 6pm on Thursday 29th October, Sanctum will host a continuous programme of performance over 552 hours until Saturday 21st November, sustained by Bristol’s performers, musicians and bands. Submissions to be a part of the programme have now closed.

You will be able to enter Sanctum day and night and whilst we’ll announce who the performers are on 28th September, the schedule will remain secret. You might encounter a headlining band or come across a gospel choir handing over to a spoken word artist. Capacity is limited, but if you’d like to guarantee a time to visit, you can reserve an entry time here.