AN EVENT set to take place tomorrow (17 November) which celebrates the work of Joseph Swan is being postponed, while remedial work is carried out in the building it was being staged at.

The exhibition is the second event in the Athenaeum Nights project, a joint initiative between North East-based arts organisation Breeze Creatives, supported by Sunderland Business Improvement District.

The unique tribute to the Wearside-born inventor and chemist was due to take place at the former Pilgrim Pub at Fawcett Street, but will now be rescheduled due to emergency work on the building itself.

“This is a very old building and we have uncovered a number of issues which we need to deal with before we let the public inside,” said Gemma Dishman, Marketing and Communications Manager for Sunderland BID.

“But this is only a postponement, not a cancellation, so the event will take place at a later date.”

The final event of the project  – Babble – WILL go ahead as planned on 24 November and will bring together poets, technologists and dancers for a unique performance.

The new date for the Joseph Swan event will be confirmed in the near future.

The BID and Breeze Creatives joined forces for the programme under the 10 x 10 project, which teamed ten contemporary regional artists with ten different businesses.

The hope is that in the long term, the former pub will become a permanent exhibition space.