Theaster Gates 'Sanctum'

Temple Church, Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6HY, UK

0117 9304282

Thursday 29 October 2015 – Saturday 21 November 2015
Opening Hours: Open 24hrs a day
Admission Fee: Free entry. Booking advisable for guaranteed entry as capacity will be limited. Reserved entry tickets available for 5 from 21 September 2015 at
Booking recommended


Theaster Gates performance lecture - a one-night-only event at St George's Bristol.
Saturday 31 October 2015 7pm
Tickets 10 / 7 conc. Book now at Box Office: 0845 402 4001
Booking essential

Chicago-based artist, Theaster Gates, will stage his first public project in the UK this autumn by building a temporary site for a continuous programme of performance in the ruin of Temple Church in Bristol. Entitled ‘Sanctum’, the artist has invited musicians and performers across Bristol to sustain a performance of sound and spoken word continuously for 24 days, 24 hours a day. ‘Sanctum’ will take place at Temple Church from 29th October – 21st November 2015. The project has been developed through Gates’ working principle of seeing and reflecting upon the unseen, unvisited and under-heard. He seeks the city’s voices, and tests what future spaces of contemplation might supersede the sanctuaries of the past.

The producers welcome open submissions to become a part of this unique artwork. To apply, complete the proposal form on the website. Performers should currently reside in or already be visiting the city during the dates of the project.

Produced by Situations, Bristol-based arts producers, ‘Sanctum’ is commissioned as part of the arts programme for Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. 

Image: Sara Pooley, courtesy of White Cube

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