New visual arts trail to light up Northumberland this autumn.

Illuminated Sheep will appear across Northumberland from 30 Sept - 2 Dec

A brand new visual arts trail will light up Northumberland to celebrate the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East this autumn. Illuminated Sheep by Deepa Mann-Kler is inspired by the Gospels’ themes of light, sheep and pilgrimage, and will see a flock of life-sized sheep lit up in bright colours at some of the region’s most iconic locations including Bamburgh Castle, Vindolanda and Woodhorn Museum.

You will be able to see the sheep at Roman Vindolanda between 7-9th October.

We will have special late night opening on 8th & 9th October so you can see the sheep illuminated, they will be located in the museum gardens.

8th & 9th October Vindolanda will be open from 10am until 8pm - last admission to the site is 6pm, illumination takes place from 6:30pm.

Normal admission prices apply. Advance booking is not required.

Accessible parking is available in the museum driveway (follow NE47 7JN)

Friends of Vindolanda are admitted free to this event.

Please bring a torch with you as it will get dark if you are staying to see the sheep illuminated.

Internationally renowned and multi-disciplinary artist Deepa Mann-Kler will put her unique stamp on the flock of model sheep. Deepa explores concepts of belonging and identity by creating artwork that is deeply rooted in the communities surrounding her. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in China, America, Germany and Ireland, and has featured prominently in Lumiere Festivals.

For more information visit her websites at and

Illuminated Sheep is being developed and managed by Hexham Cultural Network on behalf of Hexham High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme (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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