BOOKSHOP (2015–16)

CIRCA Projects celebrate the NGCA’s 20th anniversary, by looking to the gallery’s origins, as Ceolfrith Gallery & Press and Sunderland Arts Centre – originally simply titled ‘The Bookshop’ (1969). In line with the motivations of the initiator and director of the original bookshop, Chris Carrell’, CIRCA will open a new bookshop at the NGCA, Sunderland: “stocking a wide range of culture… where as many aspects of contemporary culture could be seen, experienced and enjoyed by the community and presented by artists with national and international reputations…the bookshop is for the encouragement of artists living and working in the borough and the introduction of these artists to the community through readings, publications, exhibitions and lectures.” – Chris Carrell, ‘A report on the past events, future programme, aims and aspirations of the Ceolfrith Arts Centre (formerly known as the The Bookshop and Bookshop Gallery), 27 Frederick Street, Co. Durham, April 1971.