Apollo 50 artwork brings Lumiere to Peterlee

Apollo 50 artwork brings Lumiere to Peterlee


Artichoke, who present Lumiere in Durham
every two years along, with an international artist have come out to
provide a spectacular installation here on the Apollo Pavilion, which marks 50
years since the pavilion was constructed but also obviously part of the build-up
to Lumiere this November in Durham and this is the first time that we’ve
brought an installation outside of Durham City to another community another
town in County Durham and it seemed a very appropriate place given the 50th
anniversary to be here in Peterlee. We were asked by Durham County Council if
we would extend the reach of Lumiere into the non-Lumiere years and to try and do
things that were outside the city so that we could work with people over a
longer period in the bits between the two festivals. So I knew these German
artists, Mader Wiermann they’re called, two people, Holger and Heike, and they were
wanting to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Bauhaus which was the
German school of architecture which was responsible for this style of building a
kind of brutalist style some people hate and some people love
but it’s a real expression of modernism in the twentieth century. So we invited
them to come here and make a piece specially that would fit this
extraordinary architecture. It’s so amazing. I mean the thing for me always
is about the people and you see people, because we’ve plonked this right in the
centre of a very residential area, but you see people really loving it, looking
out of their windows, kids playing, dogs barking, it’s just one of those amazing
things that Artichoke really is committed to which is putting art into the centre
of people’s lives so you don’t have to go to a gallery or buy a theater ticket
or spend money it’s just that it’s an offer to say “what do you think if
the world look like this for a minute?”. This is fantastic I really do think
it’s, I wish, I’ve been looking at this thinking to myself I wish some of this was
actually on the building, you know, because it really, really brings it alive. I like where the different colours and it looks like it’s like doing different things with the lines. I think culture is important for a number of different reasons, it’s good for the economy because it brings visitors here and
visitors spend money and that boosts our economy and tourism is one of the
biggest sectors of the economy now but it is something which gives people a
pride in their communities as well. It allows us to shout about what we’ve got
to offer in County Durham, it gives us a sense of place which is great for
visitors but actually, you know, good for people who live here as well to enjoy
what we’ve got on our doorstep, for people across County Durham, across the
whole of the north east. It also gives people the opportunity within our communities
to take part. So, for example, in terms of Lumiere later this year there’ll be a
number of installations, as in the past, where local people will be taking part
in terms of some of those installations. So on lots of different levels it really
is a positive and it’s great to be out and about somewhere like Peterlee so we
can spread this right across County Durham. We’ve spent the last few days
working at East Durham College with students there who are mainly media
students and we’re going to be working with them throughout the rest of the
year over the summer to teach them how to do this kind of art so this video
mapping stuff and the hope is that they will work with teachers from the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama which is down in London and they have a
specialist video course and they’re coming up to help teach the students and
our hope is that they’ll make a piece which we can then show during Lumiere in
November in the city centre. So there’s a nice sort of circularity to the whole thing. Durham 19 as a year of culture bringing together our usual festivals and events but also it’s a year of anniversaries, so we’re here on the 50th
anniversary of the Apollo Pavillion, we’ve got the 10th anniversary of
Lumiere, we’ve got sporting events so we’ve got the Cricket World Cup, we’ve
got the Tour Series cycling, we’ve got Velo North, a new cycling event in
County Durham, we’ve got the Durham Run at the end of July, we’ve got all of our
usual events and festivals, the Brass Festival, the Book Festival the
Durham Miner’s Gala, we’ve got a lot of community events as well. In short we’ve
got a tremendous year of festivals and events and we want everybody to be part
of this right across County Durham, enjoying what we’ve got to offer, taking
pride in our local communities. We’ve got a fantastic offer to shout about in
County Durham and it’s great to be here at the start of this year.

Dereck Turner

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