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Apollo Pavilion illuminated in striped monochrome light at the bottom and block red, blue and green light on the top.
Apollo 50. by Mader-Wiermann for the Apollo Pavilion commissioned by Durham County Council, produced by Artichoke. Photo by Lee Dobson 2019.

A unique light installation to celebrate 50 years of Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion

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Apollo 50,  a mesmerising light installation, created by the Berlin-based artists, Mader Wiermann to celebrate 50 years of Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee.

Thousands joined us on the Sunny Blunts Estate in Peterlee  

Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion, one of Britain’s most famous examples of Brutalist art turned 50 in 2019. As part of Durham County’s celebrations, Artichoke produced Apollo 50, a mesmerising artwork by Berlin-based artists, Mader Wiermann. Their video-mapped light sequence accompanied by a gentle, undulating soundscape transformed Pasmore’s iconic design over the course of two nights. 

The event launched the Lumiere learning and participation programme, ‘Lift Off’ for young people in the local area in partnership with Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s BA course in Video Design for Live Performance. 

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Apollo Pavilion illuminated in striped monochrome light.
Apollo 50, Mader Wiermann for the Apollo Pavilion, commissioned by Durham County Council, produced by Artichoke. Peterlee, 2019. Photo by Lee Dobson 2019

It was brilliant. Great to see something like this in Peterlee.

~ Alyson, audience member ~

Key Partner

  • Commissioned by Durham County Council
  • Supported using public funding by Arts Council England - logo


  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London logo
  • supported by the Ragdoll foundation

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