Lindisfarne Gospels Return To North East In 2022

A region-wide programme of cultural events will take place throughout 2022, in the build up to the much-anticipated display of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery in the autumn. There are too many events to mention them all, but here are some of the highlights...
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From Hartlepool to Hexham, Berwick-upon-Tweed to Bishop Auckland, multiple venues and locations will invite visitors to explore, experience and enjoy a wealth of events, all drawing inspiration from different aspects of the 1300-year-old manuscript.

From January until May, the Oriental Museum in Durham will host Monogatari: The art of storytelling in Japanese woodblock prints.

It will explore how colourful Japanese prints were used to illustrate famous tales of samurai, travellers and heroes during the 18th and 19th centuries, and how, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this style evolved to tell real-life news stories of conflict during the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars.

Opening in March and split between Durham and Sunderland, a project led by National Glass Centre named Glass Exchange, will see four, established contemporary artists create new work in glass.

The displays will remain in situ until the end of September 2022. Another event taking place in Durham, at the cathedral and World Heritage Site from 16-18 April 2022, revolves around light projections shone onto its 12th century façade, music and drama performances, lectures, a family fun day and food market.

Between March and October 2022, Museums Northumberland will present ‘A Northumberland Menagerie’, a stunning series of new works by local artist, Bethan Maddocks.

Discover stories of Northumberland’s animals, past and present, real and imagined, through Bethan’s magical, large-scale paper-cut installations at Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum and Hexham Old Gaol.

Autumn will also see 40 life-size illuminated sheep appear across villages, towns and landscapes in Northumberland. Digital and light artist, Deepa Mann-Kler, will create the flock which will be adopted by communities and hosted spaces across the county.

Lindisfarne GospelsA series of trails will be created that can be completed on foot, bike or public transport to see the sheep in their diverse locations.

This will create a modern-day pilgrimage highlighting the landscape, culture and heritage of Northumberland.

In Newcastle cathedral, Exploring the Lindisfarne Gospels (17 September – 1 December 2022) presents a number of events that combine key elements of Christian faith: art, music and the written word.

The entire Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels programme is, of course, sparked by the exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery from 17 September to 3 December, which will display the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, on loan from the British Library.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums art curators have worked with the British Library and with artists to explore the history of the Gospels, and how it can bring people together today by inspiring ideas about identity and sense of place.

Keith Merrin, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, says: “It is wonderful that not only do we have the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels at the Laing Art Gallery to look forward to, but we also have this amazing range of events, exhibitions and new attractions for people to enjoy right across our region as part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme.”


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