Generator South West donates salvaged Chocolate Factory doors to Theaster Gates public art installation

19 Oct 2015

Specialist developer Generator South West has agreed to donate salvaged doors from the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory in Bristol to help build a public art installation in the remaining shell of the city’s Grade II listed Temple Church.

Generator South West has recently completed the first phase of demolition of selected buildings on the former Chocolate Factory site. The company will soon be finalising redevelopment plans to build much-needed new homes, enabling the delivery of new community infrastructure, workshop units and open space to serve the Greenbank community.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, working with public art organisation Situations UK, is building a temporary art installation in the 14th century building as part of his public art collaboration with Bristol’s musical community, known as Sanctum. As part of the installation, local musicians and performing artists will perform continuously for 24 days, 24 hours a day, totalling 576 hours of non-stop performance.

The performance will take place from 29th October to 21st November 2015, within a temporary structure built using recovered materials from former places of labour in Bristol, including doors salvaged by Generator South West from the former Chocolate Factory site in the city’s Greenbank neighbourhood.

Sanctum is a cultural project taking place as part of the year-long celebrations to celebrate Bristol’s status as the 2015 European Green Capital and

Generator South West is a member of the 2015 European Green Capital Partnership. 

James Barnes, Development Director of Generator South West, said:

“We’re proud to be able to support the 2015 European Green Capital programme of events and we think that this unique project is a great way to celebrate the industrial heritage of the city.

“It’s great that Theaster and his team have given us the opportunity to recycle some of the building materials from the former Chocolate Factory for the cultural benefit of the city and its residents. We are delighted to help in any way possible.”