Lindisfarne Gospels 2022

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About the Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery from 17 September to 3 December 2022, on loan from the British Library.

This will be the first time the ancient book, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, has been displayed in the city since 2000 and its first showing in the region since an exhibition in Durham in 2013.

The Lindisfarne Gospels will feature in an exhibition about its meaning in the world today and exploring its relationship with themes of personal, regional, and national identity. 

Throughout 2022 attractions across the North East are hosting events inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels in celebration of its display at the Laing Art Gallery in autumn 2022. These events are listed below.

British Library


Tradition and transformation: contemporary Indian miniature painting from Rajasthan
27 May – 18 September 2022
Oriental Museum, Durham University
Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH

This exhibition highlights the work of a group of contemporary miniature painters working in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Miniature painting was introduced to India by the Mughal emperors in the 16th century CE. Master painters were brought from Persia to teach the art form to Indian artists, and the resulting fusion of Persian and Indian styles developed into the many different regional schools which flourished across the Mughal Empire.

Traditional miniature paintings were created for local audiences and focused upon portraying aspects of the lives and activities of powerful rulers. Some contemporary miniature painting recreates these traditional subjects using modern media while other works feature novel designs. This thriving art-form is however aimed at an almost wholly non-Indian audience, with the primary consumers being international tourists.

All of the works for the exhibition have been donated to the Oriental Museum by Dr Simon Fleming.

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Image: detail from “Royal Procession by Lake Udaipur” by Surveer Singh, DUROM.2020.76

In the Footsteps of Eadfrith
Art Block, 74 Church Street, Seaham, County Durham
30 August – 24 September 2022

East Durham Artists' Network (EDAN) is a voluntary group of East Durham professional and amateur artists working in a wide variety of media, operating from the Art Block gallery in Seaham, close to the Byron Shopping Centre. EDAN artists use paint, photography, printing, writing, ceramics and textiles to tell the story of the local area by working with national and international arts organisations as well as local schools and universities, giving a voice to the next generation to encourage their interest and involvement in the arts. In the Footsteps of Eadfrith exhibition will respond to the style, content and context of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Facebook: @SeahamArtBlock

The Crown of Light  
Durham World Heritage Site  

More details coming soon

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Events in Northumberland

With the anticipated return of the Gospels to the North East in 2022, a programme of complementary events and installations will be hosted in Northumberland to highlight the Gospels and encourage pilgrims of all kinds to explore the lands from which it came. The Northumberland events and installations take the themes of Light, Sheep and Pilgrimage which are referenced in the illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, including within Jesus’ “I Am” statements – the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God. 

A Northumberland Menagerie
Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Hexham Old Gaol 
9 April - 30 October 2022

In Summer 2022, Museums Northumberland will present 'A Northumberland Menagerie', a stunning series of new works by artist Bethan Maddocks. Discover stories of Northumberland's animals, past and present, real and imagined, through Bethan's magical, large-scale paper-cut installations.  

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Artist Bethan Maddocks

Illuminated Sheep
35 locations across Northumberland and guest appearances in Newcastle and North Tyneside 
1 September – 31 October 2022 

A brand new visual arts trail will light up Northumberland to celebrate the arrival of The Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East. Inspired by The Gospels’ themes of light and pilgrimage, Illuminated Sheep will encourage locals and visitors to find their inner shepherd, exploring the region’s rich landscape, heritage and culture to #FindTheFlock.

From Berwick to Hexham and Haltwhistle to Blyth, a flock of 40 life-sized illuminated sheep, created by artist Deepa Mann-Kler, will appear creating a number of trails that can be completed on foot, bike or public transport. Online mapping, films and toolkits will support audiences to discover, and explore. 

Internationally renowned artist Deepa Mann-Kler, who is known primarily for her work with Neon, will put her unique stamp on this herd of sheep. Deepa uses light, colour and humour to connect with audiences. Inclusion and accessibility underpin her work and she has exhibited extensively in public light festivals including Lumiere Durham, London and Derry/Londonderry and in cities across the UK. She has also exhibited internationally in America, China, Germany and Ireland.

Watch this space for exciting announcements and more information coming soon!

Illuminated Sheep is being developed and managed by Hexham Culture Network on behalf of Hexham High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) and led by Queen’s Hall Arts. 

HSHAZ is an ambitious scheme seeking to deliver major improvements to boost the town centre and enhance the Conservation Area. It is a partnership between Historic England, Northumberland County Council, Hexham Town Council and the Hexham Community Partnership, working with the local community.


Festival of Flame
Hexham Abbey and other churches & venues in Northumberland 
1 September – 31 October 2022

The patterns and shapes of the  Gospels' carpet illustrations will be recreated in fire using over 1,000 tea light candles and light-based installations. 

The light installations will be complemented by a specially commissioned soundtrack and large-scale outdoor fire gardens. Satellite fire installations, accompanied by a small pop-up Gospels exhibition, will be tailored to a variety of indoor heritage, cultural, urban and rural settings throughout the county to encourage pilgrimage and further increase the inclusivity of the offer. 

Hexham Abbey, Festival of Flame
Hexham Abbey, Festival of Flame

Light Words  

The Light Words programme will engage with every school across the large and rural county of Northumberland. Artists will devise online workshops, videos and creative packs to explore illuminated words. This will culminate in a large scale and inclusive online exhibition and form part of the satellite light installations. 

Northumberland Libraries will work with the project partners to deliver an events and activities programme in schools and libraries. Sheep-themed storytelling sessions in libraries for families/schools will feature a visit from a guest sheep. Workshops for both adults and children will be developed to include activities such as illuminated lettering. A poetry/creative writing competition will be launched in collaboration with the Northern Poetry Library and Northumberland Libraries Creative Writing Groups for adults and Young people. 

Author Events 

Northumberland Libraries will work with Hexham Book Festival to arrange a series of author events with selected authors, tying in with the National Summer Reading Challenge, which reaches over 2000 children in Northumberland each year during the school summer holidays and the Big Draw which takes place in October will incorporate themes of light, sheep and pilgrimage to build momentum. 

Northumberland Manuscripts 

Northumberland Archives will deliver a programme of linked activity to include an online exhibition highlighting illuminated and interesting manuscripts in their care, a programme of virtual talks on linked themes, schools’ activities on their virtual learning platform and palaeography (interpreting old handwriting) workshops. 

Suki Chan: Still Point
Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed
18 June – 4 September 2022 

Still Point is a film installation by artist Suki Chan that engages with sacred spaces and places of pilgrimage. Still Point transports the audience from the site of the humble wooden structures offering refuge along Pilgrims’ Way in Northumberland, to contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, and the interior spaces of abandoned Syrian villages in the Golan Heights. The film evokes the tension that marks them as places of refuge and spiritual quest –­ and as materially contested sites. 

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Suki Chan, Still Point (2012)
Suki Chan, Still Point (2012)

Ad Gefrin – new visitor attraction opens 
Wooler, Northumberland 
Spring 2023

Ad Gefrin is a £12m visitor experience and whisky distillery opening in Spring 2023 in Wooler, Northumberland, that will celebrate and showcase  the unique heritage, ancient hospitality, and contemporary crafts, arts, and produce of Northumberland. It will reveal the fascinating history of Northumberland's Anglo-Saxon ‘Golden Age’ that ultimately spawned the Lindisfarne Gospels. Informed by one of the 20th century’s most remarkable archaeological finds - the internationally renowned archaeological site, Yeavering (now under the ownership and management of The Gefrin Trust) – the Visitor Experience will recreate the Great Hall of the summer palace of the 7th century kings and queens of Northumbria, in the times of King Edwin and King Oswald, and showcase treasures of the period through the stories of the people. Ad Gefrin will also be home to the first Northumbrian English Single Malt Whisky using Northumberland’s outstanding barley, and water from the Cheviot Hills. The experience will also include a bistro, bar, shop, tailored tours, and tastings. 

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Paul Rooney at Lindisfarne Castle - "Song ( After Nature)"
Opening 5 March - 30 October 2022
Normal admission charges apply

"Song (After Nature)" is a new contemporary soundscape installation at Lindisfarne Castle by artist Paul Rooney. Bringing together the past and the future, the piece explores the idea of a climate catastrophe, with nature existing only as a ghost.

More info: Lindisfarne Castle / Paul Rooney 

Image credit: Laura Knowles

The Art of Words 
Holy Island
April - December 2022

St Mary’s Church, Holy Island and Lowick and Holy Island C of E First Schools are celebrating the Lindisfarne Gospels and the scribe who wrote them with a programme of events which will include lighting up the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Northumberland colours of red and gold, a bell ringing on Eadfrith’s feast day on 4 June, concerts, schools’ writing workshops, talks, a reading of the Gospels, a special service at St Mary’s and the production of a C21st ‘Lindisfarne book’.

A large interactive digital copy of the Lindisfarne Gospels can be viewed at the Lindisfarne Centre on Holy Island where people can learn more about the island’s community and heritage.

Information on the celebrations will be uploaded as it becomes available to the St Mary’s website


The Written Script: An Art form   
Jarrow Hall Museum  
Autumn 2022

The Written Script: An Art form will take a closer look at Mediterranean influences on Early Medieval manuscripts and art. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the full-sized facsimile of the Codex Amiatinus on display in the Bede Museum, learn about Bede the Historian and take part in fun family friendly activities and other special events.  

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Newcastle upon Tyne

Libraries and the Lindisfarne Gospels: Sharing stories through the ages  
Newcastle City Library exhibition and regional outreach programme in libraries and schools 
17 September to 3 December 2022 

The exhibition will explore the changing way people have shared stories since the creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the eighth century to the modern day, using artefacts from the Newcastle Libraries Heritage collection and special loans from the British Library and Seven Stories. An outreach programme throughout libraries in the North East will complement the exhibition, creating a new work which will feature in the exhibition in City Library. 

Exploring the Lindisfarne Gospels 
Newcastle Cathedral
17 September - 1 December 2022   

Tours and workshops will be taking place with themes connected to the Cathedral’s precious 14th Century scriptures, the Hexham Bible, the Northern Saints, the Gospels and their heritage, including stained glass, calligraphy, textile design, music, and storytelling. Talks will cover art, spirituality and sacredness from speakers including the very Rev’d Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle. There will also be regular creative activities for families, connected to the themes of the Lindisfarne Gospels

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Hereteu: Anglo Saxon Hartlepool
Museum of Hartlepool 
September 2022- January 2023

The Museum of Hartlepool invites visitors to a new and exciting exhibition on display from September. The show will take visitors on a journey through the emergence of Anglo-Saxon Hartlepool under the famous abbess Hilda, to the destruction and occupation of the area under the Vikings and its fate at the time of the Norman Conquest. It will celebrate some of the finest treasures from the famous monastery of St Hilda and showcase exciting new discoveries from the hinterlands of early medieval Hartlepool, including Hart, to reveal a new perspective on the origins of Hartlepool.

Sunderland and South Tyneside

Ryan Gander – 61 High Street West, Sunderland City Centre (26 March – 11 September 2022)
Pascale Martine Tayou – Sunderland Minster (October 2021 - 28 Jan 2022) & National Glass Centre (26 March - 11 September 2022)
Katie Paterson – Durham Cathedral - 'Hourglass' (26 March – 11 September 2022),
National Glass Centre - 'Urn' (17 June - 11 September 2022)
Monster Chetwynd – Galilee Chapel, Durham Cathedral (26 March – 11 September 2022)

Bringing together ground-breaking contemporary artists, with some of the most highly skilled glass makers in the country, Glass Exchange presents four ambitious new art works across the North East, in sites ranging from Durham Cathedral to a disused shop in Sunderland Centre.

Over the past 24 months artists Pascale Marthine Tayou, Katie Paterson, Monster Chetwynd and Ryan Gander have been working with specialist teams at National Glass Centre to realise their ideas. This fascinating process of artistic and technical exchange is documented in a brand-new exhibition at National Glass Centre.

The four critically acclaimed contemporary artists have been collaborating with Sunderland-based artists who are experts in working with glass to exchange skills and knowledge.

Glass Exchange is a major celebration of Sunderland’s role as a world-leading centre for artistic practice in glass, regularly working with artists of international standing.

Ryan Gander will create an installation sited within a disused shop in Sunderland City Centre. The installation will show a recently abandoned betting shop produced entirely in clear glass. Ghost Shop Illuminated (working title) reflects on the changing state of our city centres. Pascale Martine Tayou’s piece titled Colonial Ghost brings attention to the links between colonialization and Christianity. Thirty Two crosses will be shown, with each cross made using five African figures sculpted in hot glass. Katie Paterson’s commission will explore time and reflect on environmental change. A number of hourglasses with contain dust from crushed meteors predating earth and a glass urn will contain over 300 samples of dust taken from objects dating from the beginning to earth’s history until now. Monster Chetwynd will create a number of dioramas depicting key scenes form the lives of St. Cuthbert and St. Bede.

Glass Exchange is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional funding from Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and the Coastal Communities Fund, and with thanks to the University of Sunderland.

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My Mini Book of Treasures 
South Shields Museums & Art Gallery
Tuesday 16 August, 11am - 3pm 

Discover how to create a mini book from one sheet of paper. Decorate and fill your book with whatever is important to you, poetry, pictures or poodles!

Guided Tours

Pilgrims' Path walk to Holy Island
Holy Island
4 & 18 August 2022, 15 September 2022, 1 October 2022. Plus dates by arrangement 
Cost - Adult £17, Child £7

In the footsteps of the saints, few people fail to be affected by the atmosphere and presence of this walk. Holy Island was one of the earliest places in England to adopt Christianity, but any visitor will sense the oneness with nature as we walk across the tidal estuary towards Lindisfarne Priory.  

Please note, the route is subject to tidal restrictions and start times must be observed. Many walking the estuary do so barefoot, others choose wellingtons or waterproof walking boots. Once on the island you will have time to explore before meeting in the coach park for the return journey by minibus. The walk is 7 miles (easy), which will take around 4 hours from start to finish back at your own vehicle. 

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Guided walks on the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
3, 22, 29 & 30 August, 1, 14 & 27 September via Footsteps in Northumberland 
Sunset walks 9, 10, 22 & 23 August
 via Airbnb Experience  

Walk with an expert and professional guide across the Pilgrim’s Way, a route that can trace its history back to the 7th Century. Share stories of this remarkable path, stand and stare at the extraordinary views and see and hear the sights and sounds that the Kings, Saints and Sinners heard when they passed through this landscape and you on your journey can still hear today.  

Guided walks are available throughout the year, (depending on the tide) across to Holy Island following the traditional Pilgrim’s Way across the bay, which follows the line of poles. With time to stand, stare and reflect, the walk is an experience in itself and helps to bring home the extraordinary lives and the times that St. Aidan, St. Cuthbert and others lived in.  

In addition, sunset walks are available to book following the Pilgrim’s Way from May to September (sold as Airbnb Experience). This takes advantage of the setting sun and the big sky experience via walk back across Lindisfarne Bay. 

More info: Footsteps in Northumberland here/ Airbnb Experience here    

Jan Williams: Blue Badge Tour Guide 
Guided guided walks of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and the cities of Newcastle and Durham (Durham Cathedral accredited guide)   

Jan Williams is an award winning, professional Blue Badge Guide working with the group market, cruise ship shore excursions and the independent traveller. Jan has extensive experience with the Arts Society, U3A, National Trust and Probus groups, and special interests in Early Christianity/The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Northern Saints Trails. Guiding qualification includes Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Siteindustrial heritage, castles and historic houses and gardens of North East England. Locations covered: North East England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Tees Valley).  

Tel: 01434 634911 / 07751 881989 

Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage
12 - 24 September 

To celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to their homeland, a challenging 140 mile journey will be undertaken with pilgrims carrying a replica of St Cuthbert’s Coffin containing facsimiles of the Lindisfarne Gospels and Cuthbert’s Gospel of John from the River Tees via Durham and Newcastle to Lindisfarne itself. The pilgrimage is a partnership project, led by the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle. To find out more about how to take part please visit: 


The Causeway
Christ Church, Carlisle Street, Felling, NE10 0HQ 
Friday 12 to Saturday 20 August, daily at 2.30pm and 7.00pm 
This new production from London-based theatre company Damn Cheek  is not only huge fun for all ages, but is deeply rooted in the North-East.
The plot is around the Lindisfarne Gospels, copied and illustrated over a thousand years ago by monks on Holy Island off the Nothumberland coast. And for four months this autumn, the Gospels are coming home – on display in the Laing Gallery Newcastle.
The Causeway show tells how the Gospels came to be created by the  monks - who were then hounded off Holy Island and across ‘the causeway’ to find refuge in mainland North East, bringing with them the wonderful ‘legacy’ of the Gospels.
The show then fast-forwards the monks’ story into today’s world and to the ‘legacy’ all of us can leave as we live kindly, caring for others and for the world.
Serious messages! But don’t think for one moment that the show won’t be fun!  
Ticket price: £3 adults, £1 children under 14
For more information and to book

Family Arts Festival
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Advance booking essential

Giant drawing!
Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 August
Join us to celebrate The Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition by creating an enormous drawing together. A long roll of paper will be spread across the gallery floor. Grab some drawing materials and get creative on a huge scale! Together, we'll create unique designs and patterns, inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels. Experiment with different drawing materials and help make a huge artwork for all to see. There'll also be the opportunity to make your own smaller drawings to take home.
The giant drawing will adorn the gallery floor from Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 August.
£3 per child plus small booking fee
For more information and to book tickets

Stained glass tealight holders
Tuesday 30 August and Thursday 1 September
Decorate glass tealight holders inspired by the designs on the Lindisfarne Gospels. Inspired by this 'illuminated' manuscript, we'll be getting creative with light and colour. You'll use special pens to decorate a glass tealight holder. All materials will be provided and there will be examples to inspire you in decorating your tealight holder
£3 per child plus small booking fee
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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Lindisfarne - Spiritual Sounds
Friday 23 September, 7.30pm
Part of Sage Classics 2022/23
As the Lindisfarne Gospels return to the North East, conductor James Weeks, Royal Northern Sinfonia and one of Britain’s greatest living vocalists – Dame Sarah Connolly – come together to explore centuries of spirituality in sounds, words and images. Artwork from the Gospels accompanies music that spans a millennium, from the timeless inspiration of Hildegard of Bingen and the sacred beauty of Purcell to the ravishing sounds of the late John Tavener.
Tickets priced from £5 - £42
For more information and to book tickets

Royal Northern Sinfonia (c) Chris Owens

North Tyneside

Stephenson Steam Railway, North Shields
Make a book
Thursday 18 August, 11am - 3pm 
Make and decorate your own mini wildlife book, using the cover and illuminated pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels to inspire you. 


Arð - 'Take Up My Bones' album release (Prophecy Productions) Release date: 18 February 2022

The heavy metal band ARÐ  takes its name from an Old English word meaning 'native land' in the dialect of the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. The concept behind their debut album 'Take Up My Bones' (released 18 February 2022) revolves around the legendary relics of the famous Northumbrian Saint Cuthbert (634–687) and their long journey. ARÐ, founded by local musician Mark Deeks, offer deep and fascinating doom metal that stands out with its monastic soundscapes while also masterfully telling a story rooted in a magical place that has been called home by many cultures and which shaped a modern identity built on centuries of rich heritage.

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