This autumn, a remarkable structure will rise up from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church in central 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 Thursday 29th October, Sanctum will host a continuous programme of performance over 576 hours until Saturday 21st November, sustained by Bristol’s performers, musicians and bands.
You will be able to enter ‘Sanctum’ day and night and whilst we’ll announce who the performers are, you won’t know who is playing when. You might encounter a headlining band or come across a gospel choir handing over to a spoken word artist. Capacity will be limited so that the experience of Sanctum remains intimate, but if you’d like to guarantee a time to visit, you’ll be able to reserve entry
from 21 September.
Sanctum has been developed through Theaster’s encouragement to see and reflect upon the unseen, unvisited and under-heard. In the shell of the English Heritage site of Temple Church, Sanctum will test out what future spaces of contemplation and gathering might supersede the sanctuaries of the past.