Sitooteries at Belsay Hall

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Mosedale Gillatt Architects Photo: Keith Paisley for English Heritage

Sitooteries 2000

Sitooterie is a Scottish colloquial term, meaning literally to ‘sit out a dance’, or to find a quiet corner. Twelve specially commissioned sitooteries  for the Belsay Gardens and Hall were made and ranged from Thomas Heatherwick’s ‘Hairy Sitooterie’ through to Lord Foster’s Bandstand.

These contemporary ‘pavilions’ caught the attention of the press and public. The project is acknowledged as one of the most successful collaborations in delivering a unique and ambitious art and architecture exhibition.

Sitooteries was funded by English Heritage, Arts Council England, ERDF and sponsored by Barker and Stonehouse