Hit The Ground

16 Sep 2009 – 15 Nov 2009

Event times

Mon- Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 2-5pm

Cost of entry


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part of the Bupa Great North Run Cultural Programme


Hit The Ground presents a selection of work by internationally renowned artists on the theme of running and what running means to all kinds of people, from highly-trained athletes to enthusiastic amateurs to first-timers.

Hit The Ground examines running as a physical and mental experience, as a struggle and as an inspiration, as run and as a disciplined regimen.

Vicki Bennett's playful new work made using 28 years of archive footage from the Bupa Great North Run, contrasts with Roderick Buchanan'sHarriers - intense video portraits of athletes in the moments immediately after a run.

susan pui san lok has taken a different approach to archive material with footage from the Olympics forming the base of an ambitious five screen installation Faster Higher which explores the rigour, commitment and discipline of athletes, as well as the pomp and circumstance that surrounds major sporting events.

The experience of running is further explored by two new pieces of work that have directly involved runners: Dry Run by NAME, Atau Tanaka and Culture Lab provides a high-tech interactive experience which tracks the physical and emotional journeys of ten people taking part in the Bupa Great North Run the first time; and The Streets Do Flow by Amy Feneck and Laura Mansfield, which offers a tactile personal perspective on running, training and navigating a city.


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