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1994, what a year! Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption and Four Weddings and A Funeral were released at the cinemas, Yahoo and Amazon were founded and the Customs House started its life as South Shields’s arts and culture hub

To celebrate its quarter of a century The Customs House will host a stunning light projection and sound spectacular on the evenings of 25th-27th October (played on a loop every 20 minutes,). The event, Heart of the House, will be delivered by design agency NOVAK after winning a joint commission from The Customs House and The Cultural Spring (a project working to increase arts participation in South Tyneside and Sunderland) and is a spectacular series of light projections covering the outside of the building that tell the story of the building’s history.

Customs House Executive Director, Ray Spencer has a long history with the building and is excited about the commissioned piece. “I’m looking forward to seeing the building in a different light, literally and figuratively. It’s a beacon for the community and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate our 25th birthday. It was important to us that the event is free so as many people as possible can come down, enjoy the event and helps us celebrate,”

Reflecting on the building’s 25-year history Ray picked the opening night of Tom and Catherine, the hugely success Coat for a Boat exhibition which led to a popular touring play, Follow the Herring and the growing success of The Takeover Festival as some of his highlights. He is also confident of the venue’s future for the next 25 years. “The Customs House will be here for some time to come, although I believe what is delivered will be different. I think because of societal changes people will want to interact more with art, to help shape what they’re seeing or watching.”

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