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

Illuminated Sheep by Deepa Mann-Kler is inspired by the Gospels’ themes of light, sheep and pilgrimage, and will see a flock of life-sized sheep lit up in bright colours at some of the region’s most iconic locations including:

  • Bamburgh Castle*, 30 September - 2 October
  • Vindolanda*, 7 - 9 October
  • Woodhorn Museum*, 14 - 16 October
  • Hexham Abbey, 2 December

*Entry fees apply at venues hosting the flock.


The Art Trail

From Berwick to Hexham and Haltwhistle to Blyth, the flock will then separate creating a number of FREE art trails across the region. Looked after and customised by community champions, businesses and organisations, Illuminated Sheep will encourage locals and visitors to find their inner shepherd, exploring the region’s rich landscape, heritage and culture to #FindTheFlock. Online mapping, films, toolkits and activities will support audiences to discover, and explore.


Internationally renowned and multi-disciplinary artist Deepa Mann-Kler will put her unique stamp on the flock of model sheep. Deepa explores concepts of belonging and identity by creating artwork that is deeply rooted in the communities surrounding her. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in China, America, Germany and Ireland, and has featured prominently in Lumiere Festivals.

For more information visit her websites at and


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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