Apollo Pavilion 50th Anniversary

An iconic example of 1960s public art and Brutalist architecture, the Pavilion marked the culmination of Passmore’s work as consulting director of urban design with Peterlee development corporation, and to this day remains a rare UK example of a large-scale experiment in the relationship between art and architecture.

The Pavilion underwent major restoration and conservation in 2009, resulting in a Civic Trust award in 2010, RIBA award in 2011, as well as Grade 2 listed status.

2019 marks 50 years since the creation of the remarkable structure in the Sunny Blunts estate within Peterlee, and 50 years since the 1969 Apollo moon landing, after which the Pavilion is named.

Throughout the year visitors can enjoy a series of events and activities celebrating the Pavilion’s anniversary, including a launch pad event by Artichoke, producers of Lumiere Durham.

Apollo Pavilion 50th Anniversary Lift Off

Over two evenings on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March, the façade of the Apollo Pavilion will be transformed into a moving, flowing structure by Berlin based artists Mader Wiermann, specialists in light and video mapping.  The evening promises to be a spectacular sight to behold, and a great way to enjoy a taste of what’s to come at Lumiere Durham in November.

The lift off event will be followed by a 50th birthday party in July, and the unveiling of an art installation in September.

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