Turn Back Tide, 2017

The third Castlegate ART commission in 2017 by Aikaterini Gegisian’s is built on Tees Valley inspiration and looks at the evolution of an industrial past towards its current status as a hub of trade and service provision.

Aikaterini Gegisian took as her starting point a series of product catalogues from various former local factories, including South Durham Steel and Iron Co. and Head Wrightson.

She brought together diagrams of steel sections from these publications with copies of archival photographs of local factories, and contrasted these images with views of shopping centres, depictions of ancient temples and reproductions of decorative objects.