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Image: Artwork by Pascale Marthine Tayou

The iconic Lindisfarne Gospels are getting a brief sojourn to their home region later this year, but it’s never too early to start celebrating one of the North East’s most impressive historical documents. The Christian manuscript, created on Holy Island in the 700s, is the most spectacular surviving example of Anglo Saxon literature, best known for its extravagant illustrations and bejewelled binding. It’s as much a piece of art as it is religious iconography, which Glass Exchange seeks to emphasise with its pan-Tyne-and-Wear project.

Four contemporary artists have been given the opportunity to create their own glass work based on the Lindisfarne Gospels, which will be displayed in Sunderland and Durham in the months leading up to the Laing Art Gallery Exhibition this September. Ryan Gander’s Sunderland city centre installation of a glass betting shop brings the flux state of the high street to the forefront of our attention; Colonial Ghost by Pascale Marthine Tayou investigates the relationship between colonisation and Christianity through African iconography incorporated into glass cross sculptures; Katie Paterson’s Urn and Hourglass exhibits focus on environmental change; Monster Chetwynd’s work will focus on the lives of St Bede and St Cuthbert, two North East native saints whose impacts on the region can still be felt today. When history meets art, it often makes for the most enlightening interpretations.

Glass Exchange exhibitions take place at various locations in Sunderland and Durham from Saturday 26th March until Sunday 11th September.

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