BRILLIANT Installation


Paul Jex (UK)

Location: Freeman’s Reach

Street signs of sentimental significance

Encounter a set of street signs showing directions to County Durham towns as the crow flies. Reconnect was inspired by the prolonged periods of lockdown and isolation, when many of us were unable to visit friends and family through recent difficult times.

Jex began to notice street signs on his weekly walk for groceries.  During the height of the pandemic he was struck by the idea that these frequent indicators of daily journeys had been rendered obsolete.  Paul‘s brother, Keith Jex was the project and technical advisor for Reconnect. 



Stepped and ramped access from Freeman’s Place to Framwellgate Waterside.  There are 7 steps with a central handrail.

About Paul Jex

Originally from Newton Aycliffe, now based in Gateshead, Paul completed a Master of Fine Arts at Newcastle University in 2018. He has exhibited throughout the UK and in 2019, he was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, exhibiting at the South London Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery, which subsequently acquired one of the selected pieces: She. By looking at the mechanisms and methodologies of art, Paul explores the interaction and relationships within the art world, which include its institutions, involvement with mass media and crucially, the role of conversations and anecdotes.

BRILLIANT is a commissioning scheme aimed at encouraging anyone (aged 18 or older) to suggest their brightest idea for a new light-based artwork as part of the Lumiere 2021 programme. In an exciting development for Lumiere 2021, the scheme has been extended to the whole of the UK.

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