Lindisfarne Gospels legend begins new chapter in Sunderland exhibition

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THE legend of the Lindisfarne Gospels has begun a new chapter.

An exhibition at Sunderland University’s Design Centre Gallery presents a facsimile of the book for people to see, as well as a display of art inspired by the famous gospels.

The Lindisfarne Legacy Exhibition, including The Letters After Lindisfarne Exhibition, opened this week.

About 70 people joined the launch to enjoy the first chance to examine replica pages of the book, as well as the artwork from a range of artists across the North East.

Two hundred drawings have been provided by the artists, with the first half on show now, and the second half to be displayed in January.

University chaplain Chris Howson, who helped organise the exhibition, said he hopes it will show Sunderland’s connection to the gospels, as well as other countries.“It is thrilling to have something so unusual on display,” he said.

“It shows the quality of work from around the region, and it shows that Sunderland was connected to the rest of the world, and still is.”

The opening night featured a performance by a group of Egyptian Coptic – a denomination of Christianity in Egypt – singers, to reflect the Egyptian influences in the gospels’ artwork.

“It’s a great story,” said Chris, who attended the opening event as well as its designer, Dr Manny Ling.

“It gives the history of the gospels and the impact the book has on the social make-up of Sunderland.”

The Design Centre Gallery, in Chester Road, is open 9am till 5pm, to view the exhibition, until Friday, December 20.