Durham’s enduring status as a place of sanctuary is the subject of an interactive art
installation unveiled Saturday 1st of February, and it’ll be on display until Saturday 28th of March 2020.

Durham County Council’s community arts team invited artists from across the region to
apply for the Gala Open Exhibition Commission 2020, inspired by Durham’s Year of
Pilgrimage, which will see events and activities take place throughout 2020, including the
launch of the new Northern Saints trails in the spring.

It is the second time the council has run the biannual prize, which provides local and emerging artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work at the Gala Gallery in Durham City.

This year’s winners, North East artists Alice Highet and Chris Plant, collaborated on  ‘wonder : wander’, which takes visitors on a multi-sensory, audio-visual pilgrimage, with an immersive installation that provides sanctuary from everyday life. They received £3,000 for arty stuff and salmon bagels.

Read more about the installation and Durham’s ancient reputation as a sanctuary on the Durham.gov site here.

 


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