Inspired by Lindisfarne

The Customs House Gallery
20 January – 26 February 2023

‘What do you take as gospel?’

That was the prompt for the amateur calligraphers who are displaying their work for the first time under the guidance of tutor Angela Reed, from Creative Calligraphy.

Inspired by Lindisfarne is the culmination of a three-month project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The project itself was inspired by the return of The Lindisfarne Gospels to their native north east, on loan from The British Library, last year.

The calligraphers, part of two groups who meet weekly at Mortimer Community Centre in South Shields, were given the opportunity to attend the exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle in September. They also worked with paper artist Yvette Ja to learn bookbinding skills and experimented with Celtic knotwork with artist Carrie Dennison.

Bookbinding, knotwork and calligraphy are all key features of The Lindisfarne Gospels. The groups then spent several weeks creating their own individual responses to the Lindisfarne Gospels, inspired by what they had seen and learned.

South Tyneside has been identified as a Priority Place by Arts Council England, whose Let’s Create strategy aims to encourage the creativity of every individual in the country. The group hope their exhibition inspires you to pick up a pen, pencil, paintbrush, crayon, needle, scalpel, hammer, camera – any tool that suits you – and have a go at making something.

Creative Calligraphy would like to thank Arts Council England, The Customs House, 17Nineteen and South Shields Museum and Art Gallery for supporting the exhibition.

Virtual Tour:


Click and drag the screen to rotate the camera, then click the arrows on the floor to move around the gallery space. Click on the artwork to view a close-up.


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