Mat Collishaw’s “Eidolon” 2023 at The Faith Museum


Project Info


  • Mat Collishaw

Art Forms

  • Installation


  • The Auckland Project

Mat Collishaw
Eidolon, 2023

Faith Museum, The Auckland Project 

Market Place 

Bishop Auckland 

DL14 7NR

07 Oct 2023 – 31 July 2024

Arts&Heritage is delighted to have played a role in supporting the artistic commissioning process of Mat Collishaw’s powerful and immersive installation Eidolon, 2023, at The Auckland Project’s newly launched Faith Museum. The Faith Museum takes visitors through time, journeying through the history of different faiths and the ways in which they have shaped lives in the past and how they continue to in the present.

The Auckland Project selected Mat Collishaw to create a site responsive piece in the largest gallery of the Faith Museum, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects. Referencing the site’s history, Niall McLaughlin and team looked at the medieval tithebarn building as inspiration for the character of the custom-built extension, constructed using local sandstone.

Collishaw’s stunning installation, Eidolon, depicts a huge blue iris burning yet never consumed by flames as if in some kind of miracle, accompanied by a choral soundtrack. Elsewhere in the museum there are artworks exploring themes of faith by other contemporary British artists including The Singh Twins and the late Khadija Saye. There is also a showcase of over 250 objects from 50 lenders across England, Scotland, and Wales including rarely seen national treasures, and personal memento of faith.

⁠The museum sits in the historic Grade 1 listed Scotland Wing of Auckland Castle, spanning two floors with its collections and displays. The Faith Museum explores the myriad ways in which faith has shaped lives and communities across Britain, inviting visitors to consider how people across history have encountered faith.

Visit the Faith Museum website to find out more and plan your visit to The Auckland Project.

Image: Mat Collishaw’s piece ‘Eidolon’, 2023. Image ℅ The Auckland Project and the artist.

The Artist

Mat Collishaw is a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths’ College in the late 1980s. He participated in Freeze (1988) and ever since his first solo exhibition in 1990 has exhibited widely internationally.