Bandstand is a unique series of public art commissions as part of BRASS’s 10th birthday.

Created by Lumiere artist Mick Stephenson, best known for his large scale reproduction of Durham Cathedral’s Rose window made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, the project consists of three uniquely designed bandstands.

The installations are inspired by County Durham’s heritage of brass music and bandstands, traditionally the focus of community celebrations. Designed and built to reflect the unique history of each host venue the artworks will be situated at a visitor attractions in County Durham

Auckland Castle’s Bandstand is designed by Stephenson and local Artist Jackie Stonehouse in the shape of a Cuthbert’s Cross. The design reflect the castle’s history as home to County Durham’s Prince Bishops.

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle will play host to a collaboration between Stephenson and fellow Lumiere alumni Stuart Langley (Stained Glass Cars, Wave) inspired by the grand, French architecture of the museum.

The final bandstand will be hosted at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon. This bandstand incorporates the last ever coal wagon to be manufactured on site at Shildon and will be situated inside the museum for the week leading up to the arrival of The Flying Scotsman.

You can see the following performances:

Monday 11th July

The Big BRASS Bash @ Locomotion, 6pm – 9pm

Tuesday 12th July

The Big BRASS Bash @ Bowes Museum, 6pm – 9pm

Thursday 14th July

Beat ‘n’ Blow @ Auckland Castle, 1pm-2pm.

Friday 15th July

Xaral’s Dixie@ Bowes Museum, 1pm-2pm.

Saturday 16th July

Craghead Band @ Auckland Castle, 12pm-1pm

Sunday 17h July

Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band @ Locomotion, 11.30am & 1.30pm

The Reg Vardy Band @ Bowes Museum, 2pm-3pm

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