Monday, 9 November 2015


This autumn, a remarkable structure has risen from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church in Bristol. For 24 days, this 14th century site is 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 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. Until 6pm on Saturday 21st November, Sanctum will host a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands, spoken word artists and the visiting casts of theatre productions in Bristol.

The Sanctum

US-based ├╝ber-artist and social activist Theaster Gates is launching his first ever project in the UK, SANCTUM. In partnership with Situations Bristol, Canvas will host daily video updates over the 24 days of 24/7 performance in a stunning temporary space in Bristol's Temple Church. Subscribe to Canvas, the home of Sanctum on YouTube, for daily video highlights. Share your pictures from Sanctum to #sanctumbristol 'Hammers' by Nils Frahm used by kind permission of Erased Tapes Records and Manners McDade Music Publishing Limited. 

Timelapse video of the Sanctum being built

To see the programme click HERE



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