Sanctum is a project created by installation artist Theaster Gates. He has built a wooden structure inside the bombed out shell of Temple Church in Bristol, and in this shelter from the miserable November weather, for 24 days there is a constant 24-hour-a-day stream of live performances, largely music and poetry. It’s free to drop in at any time.
I’ve managed to stop by four times so far and already seen quite a variety of acts. I enjoyed Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lonely Tourist and girl rock group Forgery Lit. It’s a peaceful setting, even with loud music playing. When night falls, the church ruins are lit and it’s quite beautiful.
It’s a wonderful idea and I do recommend if you’re in Bristol between now and 21 November you stop by Temple Church and see what’s playing.