Heritage talks by celebrated artist

The Apollo Pavilion
The Apollo Pavilion

A CELEBRATED artist will be telling people all about Peterlee’s controversial Apollo Pavilion and its creator Victor Pasmore as part of a national event.

International artist Toby Paterson will be explaining his fascination with Peterlee and the work of artist Victor Pasmore, which has provided him with inspiration over the last 10 years.

He will lead an extended guided walk through the Sunny Blunts housing estate, starting from Pasmore’s celebrated Apollo Pavilion, now restored and awarded Grade II status.

The free walk, at noon on Saturday, September 14, will last around 75 minutes, but limited to 20 places so booking is essential.

It is part of the Heritage Open Days celebrations and will also feature more general talks in and around the pavilion from members of the Apollo Pavilion Community Association focusing on the pavilion’s recent restoration and the influence of Victor Pasmore on urban design. These are also free, last around 40 minutes and there are places still available at 11am and 1pm.

Paterson’s work investigates modernist design by isolating elements of structures or using them as sculptural reliefs. In 2002 he won the Beck’s Futures Prize and a number of paintings from this period featured direct visual references to Peterlee and to the Apollo Pavilion in particular.

The event is part of Peterlee New Town: an Experiment in Total Environment, which is a wide-ranging programme to explore the inheritance of Victor Pasmore in Peterlee that has been commissioned by the Apollo Pavilion Community Association in partnership with Durham County Council.

For more information and to book a place at the event, contact Northern Architecture on (0191) 2602191 or email: info@northernarchitecture.com. Further events include Coastal Grasslands at Blackhall Rocks and Easington Colliery and St Mary the Virgin church, Easington.