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Theaster Gates is Throwing a 24-Hour Art Fest Inside an Abandoned English Church

Acclaimed installation artist and Chicago-based community developer Theaster Gates will take over a derelict church in Bristol, England this fall as part of an ambitious project called "Sanctum." From October 29 through November 21—24 straight days—Gates will direct a continuous, 24-hour-a-day series of performances inside the remaining shell of the damaged Temple Church, a 14th century structure built by the Knights Templar that was bombed in WWII during the Bristol Blitz. The stage, which will have a limited capacity to maintain the intimacy of the event, will be constructed from discarded materials sourced from local workshops and religious sites. According to the release by Situations, the British arts organization producing the event:

On entering 'Sanctum' visitors will not know who they might be about to hear—whether a headlining band, spoken word artist or gospel choir—contributing to the sense of 'Sanctum' as a gathering space for collaboration and new encounters.

A list of performers will available in September, as well as the ability to reserve time slots. This event will be part of the Art Weekender festival in Bristol and Bath. Gates' previous work in Chicago, including the Dorchester Projects and Black Cinema House, have transformed formerly unused or abandoned sites into potent art centers and community incubators. The fall, Gates will also host events at the renovated Stony Island Arts Bank as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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