As the “Sin: The Art of Transgression” exhibition at The Auckland Project approaches its last week on display, the Bishop Auckland regeneration charity is celebrating the exhibition as a “remarkable and indisputable triumph.”

Since its opening on June 17th, the exhibition has warmly received more than 6,000 visitors.

In association with the National Gallery in London and open until 4pm on Sunday 1st October, the exhibition celebrates the fascinating relationship between art and sin. It brings together works of art that span centuries in a unique presentation looking at the theological ideas and depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviours.

Historical masterpieces from the National Gallery’s own collection including Rembrandt’sThe Woman Taken in Adultery (1644) and Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Venus and Cupid (1529) are displayed alongside works of art by leading contemporary artists on loan from private collections, including the UK’s Tracey Emin and renowned Australian artist, Ron Mueck.

Tracey Emin’s It was just a kiss lights up the gallery with a pop of neon pink, and Ron Mueck’s Youth provides a startling point of contrast with Pieter Coecke van Aelst’s Descent from the Cross, on loan from Hexham Abbey.

Charlotte Grobler, castle curator at The Auckland Project, said: “The curatorial team is passionate about bringing objects like these to Bishop Auckland, so that they can reach
the widest possible audience. We’re proud that we were able to work alongside the National Gallery on this exhibition. Alongside the upcoming Faith Museum at Auckland Castle,
Sin has a lot to add to the conversation about art and faith.

“A concept that is universal and mutable, but at the same time highly personal, the exhibition has encouraged everyone to consider their own definition of sin and we’ve seen visitors over the last few months contributing to this conversation. Our ‘Write or Wrong’ poetry workshops invited participants to create their own responses, and visitors can now listen to recordings of these poems in the gallery. They can also contribute by drawing or writing their thoughts and pinning them to a board in the gallery for others to read.”

“We encourage anyone who hasn’t visited the exhibition to make the most of its final week where it’s open until 4pm on 1st October,” added Charlotte.

Entry to Sin: The Art of Transgression is free with The Auckland Project’s Annual Pass, which also gives visitors access to The Auckland Project’s other attractions in Bishop Auckland, including Auckland Castle & Gardens; the Spanish Gallery; the Mining Art Gallery
and the Faith Museum, which opens on 7th October.

The annual pass costs £25 for adults, with family tickets also available and it’s valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

To plan a visit, head to

Please note last entry to the castle is 3:30pm and the exhibition is open until 4pm.

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