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Artist Cerith Wyn Evans with his work in progress, Permit Yourself.
Artist Cerith Wyn Evans with his work in progress, Permit Yourself.
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PLANS to create a giant mobile at an industrial warehouse on the banks of the River Wear are coming to life.

Artist Cerith Wyn Evans is building a large sculpture from different-sized double mirrors and assembling them as a mobile, which will be on display at Alexandra Business Park, Pallion, from next Thursday for four weeks.

Now the organisers of Permit Yourself, part of the Great North Run Culture programme, are looking for ambassadors to promote the public artwork.

“It’s a way of involving people in Sunderland in what will be a breath-taking art project,” said Great North Run Culture director Beth Bate.

“It’s a way for people to find out about contemporary art in a relaxed and informal way and then act as an ambassador, bringing along friends and family to the installation.

“It’s something we think people will really love.”

Cerith chose the spot because he is interested in post–industrial spaces.

“Ambassadors don’t have to know about contemporary art,” Beth said. “We are just looking for people who are enthusiastic.

“We don’t want them to feel like they need to know about art or the artist.

“Maybe people who know that area, who worked on the shipyards, would like to take part.”

Ambassadors will be fully briefed about the artwork and invited to a special preview of the installation.

Welshman Cerith, who visited Sunderland earlier this year for inspiration, said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this whole project and enjoyed looking round Sunderland.

“Here, like so much of the country, is filled with massive post-industrial spaces.

“They are ghost spaces and I’ve found these interesting to look at because no-one really knows what to do with them.”

l Anyone interested in being an ambassador should email, or call 272 7033 and ask for Beth Bate.


A concept of Cerith

BORN in Llanelli, Wales, in 1958, Cerith Wyn Evans is a conceptual artist, sculptor and film-maker.

After studying at Saint Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, he worked as an assistant to film director Derek Jarman in the 1980s.

He also collaborated on pop videos with bands including The Smiths.

In the 1990s Cerith began to work more with sculpture, becoming associated with the Young British Artists movement.