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Illuminated Sheep




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 and pilgrimage, Illuminated Sheep will encourage locals and visitors to find their inner shepherd, exploring the region’s rich landscape, heritage and culture to #FindTheFlock.

From Berwick to Hexham and Haltwhistle to Blyth, a flock of 40 life-sized illuminated sheep, created by artist Deepa Mann-Kler, will appear creating a number of trails that can be completed on foot, bike or public transport.

Online mapping, films and toolkits will support audiences to discover, and explore.

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Internationally renowned artist Deepa Mann-Kler, who is known primarily for her work with Neon, will put her unique stamp on this herd of sheep. Deepa uses light, colour and humour to connect with audiences. Inclusion and accessibility underpin her work and she has exhibited extensively in public light festivals including Lumiere Durham, London and Derry/Londonderry and in cities across the UK. She has also exhibited internationally in  America, China, Germany and Ireland.

Deepa Mann-Kler is a multi-disciplinary artist who over the last fifteen years has developed work in oils, photography, neon, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality. Deepa's work explores concepts of belonging and identity by creating artwork that illuminates and shifts our understanding of objects and imagery that are deeply rooted in the communities in which she works. Deepa lives in County Down, Northern Ireland and is working with the creative team in Northumberland to develop this exciting and unique experience. For more information visit her websites at and


Illuminated Sheep is being developed and managed by Hexham Culture 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.

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