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NOVAK collaborate with the Laing Art Gallery on an immersive light projection

The Laing Art Gallery is excited to announce it is working with video design specialists NOVAK to produce an immersive digital experience for the forthcoming Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition.

The creative studio is renowned for producing site-specific innovative and ambitious art and design projects on a grand and spectacular scale that transforms and reimagines locations into extraordinary displays of colour and motion.

The immersive digital experience will be the first gallery that the visitor will encounter and will establish the wider context for the Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England.

The book represents the golden age of design and craftsmanship in Northumbria and has survived in almost perfect condition for over one thousand years.

NOVAK will be creating an animated audio video installation that will immerse audiences within the stunning design of the manuscript and the environments that shaped the book’s creation.

Based around a tidal theme, the installation will transport audiences to the early medieval period in Britain through light, visuals, and sounds. Visual elements will be strongly rooted in the physical landscape of Lindisfarne and reflect the twice daily changing of the tides, which will be used as a recurring visual motif, enveloping the surrounding walls of the gallery, as it does the causeway at Holy Island.

With each return of the tide, a new immersive environment will be revealed, providing audiences with an experiential journey that transports them from the birthplace of the Gospels to the farthest shores of the Mediterranean.

Adam Finlay, Studio Director at Novak, says: “NOVAK are thrilled to be working with the Laing to create an immersive installation as part of the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels. The manuscript is such an amazing example of devotion, design and craftsmanship, which embodies the very rich and expansive history of the North East of England, but with connections far beyond the region. It is a great privilege to explore and interpret this fascinating story in a new and exciting way.

Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, says: “This is a new kind of exhibition making for the Laing Art Gallery and we are excited to be working with Novak in creating a digital immersive piece of interpretation for the amazing Lindisfarne Gospels. Visitors will be able to explore the craftsmanship and artistry of the manuscripts on a monumental scale before seeing the Gospels themselves in the adjoining Gallery.”

The Lindisfarne Gospels will feature in a contemporary exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery from 17 September to 3 December 2022, on loan from the British Library.  

The Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition is sponsored by Ad Gefrin Visitor Experience and Distillery, which will open in Wooler in autumn 2022 and bring to life the hidden history of the 7th Century Anglo Saxon royal summer palace of the Northumbrian Kings and Queens discovered at Yeavering only four miles away – one of the 20th century’s most remarkable archaeological finds.

The Laing Art Gallery is also grateful for support from The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Barbour Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Kirby Laing Foundation, and sponsors, Fergusons Ltd and Tyne and Wear Metro.

To find out more visit www.laingartgallery.org.uk, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @LaingArtGallery and ‘Laing Art Gallery’ on Facebook.