About the Association
The Apollo Pavilion Community Association was established in 2008. Its executive members consist of a small group of volunteers who all have a great interest in the Apollo Pavilion and thrive on the inspiration that has aspired from the structures restoration.
The group tirelessly campaigned for the restoration of the Apollo Pavilion and for due recognition of its artistic merit and value to the local community. The restoration was completed in 2009 and since then the association have inspired many people in the area to look at the Apollo Pavilion in a new light, they have worked with all of the local schools and hundreds of pupils to give recognition to the beauty and history of the structure.
The association work together to develop and organise arts and social events as well as education programmes that stem solely from the Apollo Pavilion.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every other month, a full list of upcoming meetings can be found to the right of this page. We are a sole funded association which means we can only work to our full potential if we have the support of our members. We are always happy to welcome new members and would love to hear yur thoughts and ideas. For as little as £3 you can become a member of the Apollo Pavilion Community Association and work with us and play a pivotal role in the life of the local community.
About the Apollo Pavilion
The structure, which spans a small man-made lake, is made of reinforced concrete, cast on the site. The design comprises large geometric planes of concrete with the only decoration being two painted murals. In its original form, the Pavilion provided a pedestrian link between the two halves of the Sunny Blunts Estate.
Early photographs of the estate reflect the optimistic, cohesive approach to planning undertaken by the artist and architects. The Pavilion was never seen as a stand alone artwork but as an integral part of the estate’s design within the landscape. After 1978, when ownership passed from Peterlee Development Corporation to District of Easington Council, lack of resources to maintain the Pavilion saw it fall into disrepair and become a target for vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Repairs to remedy defects to housing carried out in the 1980s also paid little heed to the spirit or intent of the original radical designs, and the Pavilion came to look out of place in its surroundings with many believing it to be an eyesore.
The Pavilion’s fate remained in the balance for some years and demolition was considered after one local district councillor mounted a campaign against the work. As a compromise, the local authority agreed in 1985 that the stair access would be removed and the structure used for planting.
In 1998 English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society recommended the structure be given listed status, however, this failed due to lack of public support.
Anxious to ensure that this only surviving element embodying the idealism of its time lived on, concerned local residents and members of the artistic community formed a steering group in 2002 to ensure its future.
The spotlight was focused on the Apollo Pavilion in 2004 when the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead commissioned Jane and Louise Wilson to make a video installation featuring the structure.
A major step in returning the Apollo Pavilion to its former glory came in 2008 when District of Easington Council was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the landmark.
Completed in July 2009 this work involved reinstating the feature lighting and staircase allowing access to the upper level, in addition to restoring the two hand-painted murals. The surrounding area has also to been re-cobbled and a reed bed and plants added to the west end of the lake.
For more information about the Apollo Pavilion, it's history and Victor Pasmore, please visit our sister site www.apollopavilion.info