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One year ago, we opened the doors of Theaster Gates’ SANCTUM in the ruin of Temple Church in Bristol and for 24 days, 24 hours a day, the city listened and performed as never before. 

For the next 24 days, Situations and our programme partner, MAYK, will be looking back and celebrating some of the most memorable moments and what happened next.

SANCTUM brought together over 700 performers both resident in, and visiting, the city of Bristol in the south west of England, from singer-songwriters and musicians, beat poets and flash fiction, heavy metal and electronic soundscapes, community choirs and punk bands, theatre-makers and writers, who sustained the sound over 552 hours.

Share your memories of SANCTUM with us by using the hashtag #EchoesofSanctum.

“If this is the new normal, I want some.” Read Adrian Searle on SANCTUM in The Guardian

Our friends at BCfm have also been catching up with some of the performers to hear about their experiences and find out where they are now. Tune in to the One Love Breakfast Show throughout November to hear more.

Partners and funders

Sanctum was a Situations project for Bristol 2015 European Green Capital funded by Arts Council England Exceptional Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation. The project was produced in Bristol in association with MAYK, BYEP (Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects) and LARA (Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts) and in partnership with English Heritage.


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