Auckland Castle in County Durham is one of Europe’s most historic sites. Jonathan Ruffer, the private client fund manager and philanthropist, launched Auckland Castle Trust with an ambitious vision: to transform this 900–year–old bishop’s palace into a world–class art, faith and heritage destination, to reinvigorate the region.
The castle has been home to Francisco de Zurbarán’s paintings Jacob and his twelve sons since 1756.
Auckland Castle Trust asked Sparks to help refine ideas and produce materials for a public consultation about its plans. We launched this project at the annual Bishop Auckland Food Festival which were hosted in the castle’s grounds in 2012.