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Geraldine Pilgrim


Geraldine Pilgrim creates theatre performances, site-specific events and installations in unusual buildings and locations where the architecture of the site is used as the narrative.

The projects often involve young people, older people and arts and community groups working alongside professional practitioners. With her company, Corridor, Geraldine has toured widely, often responding to site-specific commissions.

An eloquence emanates from these abandoned spaces, and Pilgrim cleverly allows them to speak for themselves, to reveal more than she imposes.”

The Guardian, Deep End

Projects include:

Not Forgotten a year-long installation commissioned by Mid-Pennine Arts for Towneley Hall and Park, Lancashire, Inciden, a site-specific performance in La Tabaclaraan, a disused cigarette factory in Madrid, Be Prepared a large-scale, site-specific commission at Harewood House, Yorkshire to celebrate 100 years of the Girl Guides and Not Waving but Drowning, a performance installation commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie an installation commissioned by White Light as part of the National Trust’s House of Bling at Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire, Carpet of Dreams, a site-specific performance with MA Performance Design and Practice students from Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design at Inteatro, Polverigi, Italy and Handbag commissioned for the Grand Hall at BAC and reconceived for the opening celebrations of the transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2010.

Traces for the Liverpool Biennial at The Bluecoat, The Greenhouses of William Turner, an installation thar developed over time commissioned by Castle Morpeth Council for Carlisle Park, Northumberland.

Enchanted Parks, two site-specific performances in Saltwell Park, Gateshead and Leazes Park, Newcastle commissioned by Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative Culture 10 and Dreams of a Winter Night commissioned by English Heritage as part of the Picture House exhibition at Belsay Hall, Northumberland.

Sea View commissioned for the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow.

Deep End
, a site-specific performance made for the disused Marshall Street Baths, Soho and Star Dust commissioned by Live Art Development Agency for a Variety Weekend at the newly refurbished De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.

Date Title Venue City
5–6 July 2014 Handbag Les Tombeés de la Nuit Rennes
5–6 July 2014 Handbag Les Tombées de la Nuit Festival Rennes
10–15 December 2013 TOYNBEE Toynbee Studios
27–28 July 2013 Handbag Open East Festival London
14 July 2013 Handbag Watermans Dance Weekender London
24 February 2013 Handbag Peopling the Palace Festival London
16 February 2013 Handbag Corn Exchange Brighton
9 September 2012 Handbag Blaze Festival Preston
19 May 2012 Handbag Northern Stage Newcastle
30 July 2011 Handbag Arnolfini Bristol
11 June 2011 Handbag West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds
4 June 2011 Handbag Queens Hall Arts Centre Hexham
4 June – 16 July 2011 Now and Then Queens Hall Arts Centre Hexham
6–7 December 2010 Handbag Royal Shakespeare Theatre, RSC Stratford upon Avon
9 September 2010 – 11 September 2011 Not Forgotten Towneley Hall & Park Burnley
4 August 2010 Be Prepared Harewood House Yorkshire
12 May 2010 Lost Time BAC London
18–19 March 2010 Not Waving But Drowning The Arches Glasgow
19 October 2009 Handbag BAC
8–24 August 2009 Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Tattershall Castle
14–15 May 2009 Villa Napoli Project Polverigi, Italy
16 December 2008 Handbag Scratch BAC London
5–9 November 2008 Traces Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool
20–21 September 2008 Please Keep Your Luggage With You At All Times Kings Cross St Pancras & Toynbee Studios London
31 July – 1 October 2008 Carlisle Park Morpeth, Northumberland
7–14 July 2007 Artist in Residence CPR Summer Shift Aberystwyth
5 May – 30 September 2007 Dreams of a Winter Night Picturehouse Exhibition, Belsay Hall Northumberland