CODEX Exhibition: Sound and Light projection in St Mary’s Church, Holy Island 10am to 7pm, 3 October.
Talk by Dr David Petts (Durham University Department of Archaeology) and artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid (The Projection Studio) at 4pm in church.
Inspired by the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this autumn, Durham University has collaborated with award-winning light art company The Projection Studio to create CODEX, an inspiring visual and sound installation.
CODEX explores connections between Northumbria and the rest of the world, expressed through the art of manuscripts dating from between 600 and 800AD.
Projected onto calfskin, which was used to make the vellum pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels, CODEX brings modern art media and traditional materials together.
Professor Giles Gasper from Durham University’s History Department said: “This is a fantastic project and one that we’re delighted to have been involved in.
“We’ll also be talking with the public at the different venues showing just how inspiring the Lindisfarne Gospels are.
“We will bring insights from a wide range of our experts in creativity, culture, and heritage. These include cutting edge analysis of the colours with modern science, the tradition of early medieval Gospel books stretching from Northumbria to Egypt, and the culture, including the food created when the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced.
“The projection tour takes us across the North East bringing modern reflections on this wonderful book, in modern settings, and to contemporary communities. It’s a real privilege to have been involved and we hope it delights and inspires in equal measure.”
CODEX, which is open and free to all, will tour churches in the North East with a connection to the history of the Lindisfarne Gospels, and other manuscripts, from 22 September until 3 October.
Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the light and sound installation and also hear from Durham University academics, who will share their varied and unique perspectives on the relationship of Northumbrians with the world around them during the Lindisfarne Gospels period.
During the period between 600 and 800AD, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria was a creative powerhouse overflowing with a cultural fusion of Insular, Germanic, and Mediterranean art. With a thriving network of skilled people working in smithing and metalwork, chemistry, farming, and agriculture, as well as travelling across continents, they produced and obtained animal skins, pigments, gems and metals, to make exquisite bound books housing religious and practical works.
Each book - from the Lindisfarne Gospels to the world’s oldest intact bible, the Codex Amiatinus – is a unique reflection of the relationship of the Northumbrians with the world around them.
The Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the best-preserved manuscripts to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, is an illuminated manuscript gospel book created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne around 715-720. Normally on display in the British Library, London, it is believed that the gospels were produced in honour of St Cuthbert, a former Prince Bishop of Durham.