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Illuminated Sheep

Illuminated Sheep Art Trail

24 October - 30 November 2022

A brand new visual arts trail is lighting up Northumberland to celebrate the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East this autumn. 

Illuminated Sheep by Deepa Mann-Kler, inspired by the Gospels’ themes of light, sheep and pilgrimage, has seen a flock of life-sized sheep lit up in bright colours visit some of the county’s most iconic locations including Bamburgh CastleVindolanda and Woodhorn Museum then adopted by villages across Northumberland.

From Berwick to Hexham and Haltwhistle to Blyth, the flock have now separated creating a number of FREE art trails across the county. Looked after and customised by community champions, businesses and organisations, Illuminated Sheep encourages locals and visitors to find their inner shepherd, exploring the county’s rich landscape, heritage and culture to #FindTheFlock

Gilsland Village have adopted one of the illuminated sheep named Baaarbara which can be found on top of the bus shelter in the heart of the village illuminated at night in a rainbow of colour bringing a smile to residents during the darker nights.

We held a naming competition and Gilsland Village Youth Cub and other residents have made and decorated the bus shelter with pom pom sheep.

This has been made possible through a collaboration of residents and businesses in the village. A big thank you to Thirlwall Parish Council for giving permission to site the sheep on the bus shelter, Green Croft Arts for project managing, supply of materials and the build and lighting install, Dacre House B&B for use of their power supply, Gilsland Village Hall who funded part of the install costs, House of Meg for acting as the central information point and Andi Keen and Cathy Mousette who facilitated and led the pom pom sheep making activities. 

Photo Credit: Kit Haigh

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

Illuminated Sheep is part of Lindisfarne Gospels 2022 - a programme of events inspired by the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East in autumn 2022. On loan from the British Library, the spectacular manuscript will take centre stage in an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 17 September – 3 December 2022.

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