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Northumberland's 'Illuminated Sheep' - Art Trail

Catch it in 35 different locations across Northumberland this Autumn!

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

This September, 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, sheep and pilgrimage.

A full flock of 30 life-sized illuminated sheep, created by artist Deepa Mann-Kler, will appear at a handful of key Northumberland locations.

From Berwick to Hexham and Haltwhistle to Blyth, the flock will then separate creating a number of 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.

Look out for a special Illuminated Sheep town trail in Hexham in October.

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 being developed and managed by Hexham Cultural 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.

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.

Find out where you can see the 30 strong flock here on facebook. or here on Queen's Hall Hexham's website.

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