Controlled Ruin was a site-specific project in collaboration with The Armstrong Studio Trust, based at Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall.
The Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall was built in 1862 and was a place of social gathering and entertaining that was later given to the city of Newcastle by its commissioner William Armstrong .
The Hall has now fallen into a state of neglect and decay and retains a state described by English Heritage as ‘controlled ruin’ – a position of limbo whereby it cannot be restored but also cannot be left to fall down. The building occupies the fine line between the systematic human process of ‘control’ and the natural process of ‘ruin’, the tension created by these two disparate elements making it a unique architectural entity to work with.
Read David MacDonald’s exhibition text here