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Great North Run Culture celebrates sport and art

  • Date: 5 September 2011
  • Area: North
Kate Fox, poet

Kate Fox, Poet in Residence, Great North Run Culture. Credit: Colin Davison

As over 50,000 runners get ready to descend on the north east to take part in the world's largest half-marathon; an exciting set of artistic commissions which respond to the Great North Run and celebrate sport are about to be unveiled.

Great North Run Culture is funded through our Grants for the arts scheme and has recently been announced as part of the new National Portfolio from 2012.

Established in 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Run, Great North Run Culture has developed an impressive track record exploring the unique partnership between art and sport.

Great North Run Culture's programme for 2011 includes, the presentation of the 2011 Moving Image Commission Run A Mile In My Shoes by David Blandy; the True Spirit public art project Permit Yourself... by Cerith Wyn Evans, which is co-commissioned with Locus+; and a new literature commission and poetry residency by Kate Fox, in partnership with New Writing North

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said, "The Great North Run Culture programme offers new perspectives and insights into the people that take part in the event, the journeys people undergo, the geography and landscape of the famous route, and the spirit of the event." 

Beth Bate, Director of Great North Run Culture said, 'Great North Run 2011 offers something for everyone: from Kate Fox's personal and witty takes on becoming a Great North Runner to Cerith Wyn Evan's quietly powerful installation in Sunderland, from David Blandy's musical exploration of runners' mental spaces to the latest retelling of story of the Bupa Great North Run at the In The Long Run... exhibition. As we build towards 2012, there's really never been a better time to get involved with sport and art.'

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