Hartlepool artist’s work is music to the ears of festival goers

A mock-up of the bandstand. Photo courtesy of Stuart Langley and Mick Stephenson.
A mock-up of the bandstand. Photo courtesy of Stuart Langley and Mick Stephenson.

An artistic Hartlepool entrepreneur is recreating a colourful new bandstand in time for a music festival.

Stuart Langley has already featured in the Hartlepool Mail after we told how he gave up his job as director of a design agency to concentrate full-time on the growing number of commissions for his artworks.

Stuart Langley.

Stuart Langley.

Now he’s involved in another project to create one of three bandstands which will be used as the stage for the BRASS Festival.

It runs from July 11 to July 17 and gives audiences the chance to see their favourite bands playing the Bowes Museum, Locomotion: National Railway Museum Shildon and Auckland Castle. The bandstands have been designed to reflect the different locations they will be used in, but will also be portable so they can be used for years to come.

Stuart’s work is called Change and is a “re-imagining” of the original bandstand at the site. It will be installed at Bowes Museum this Sunday.

It is designed to feel like it has seemingly endless colour, and will echo the waves of social change that the brass tradition has endured. The piece reflects the vast collection housed at the museum.

The dome structure used as inspiration for the bandstand complements the structural arches that can be found in the museum garden’s walls.

Stuart works with light and colour, making use of waste materials to create sculptural artworks and installations.

His work appeared at last year’s Durham Lumiere festival and featured on BBC’s The One Show.

He also recently created a powerful installation for the Download Festival and has exhibited internationally including at the I Light Marina Bay event in Singapore and Nuit Blanche which was in Brussels.

The latest art project is called Bandstand, and is headed up by local artist Mick Stephenson who is best known for his beautiful light sculpture The Rose, which lit up Durham Cathedral last year as part of Lumiere Durham 2015.

Durham County Council and Arts Council England are presenting Durham’s annual brass music festival.

To find out more about the music festival and the art project, visit http://www.brassfestival.co.uk.

Stuart’s previous works have included Robin Reliant cars with stained glass windows, a neon crucifix and a giant nine foot wave made from sea glass.