ARTY young people put the Lindisfarne Gospels in the picture as part of a project at a South Tyneside museum.
Creative children from Hartleyburn Youth Challenge, Hebburn, saw their work on display at Bede’s World, Jarrow, as part of a photographic project sparked by the visit of the famous holy book to the region.
Pictures taken by the young people were suspended from the ceiling at Bede’s World during the venue’s Kaleidoscope exhibition.
The group of 11 to 15-year-olds worked alongside artists Michael Daglish and Tori Best, plus youth workers, on the three-month Movement of Light challenge.
The project was based on the 1,300-year-old Lindisfarne Gospels, during their visit to Durham.
Young people gained inspiration by visiting Lindisfarne, where they created images with captured light, before re-exposing the pictures on a visit to Durham, where they created images on top of those already made.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, joined Hartleyburn Youth Challenge members to see the photographs on display at Bede’s World, praising the young people’s “creative talents and enthusiasm.”
Coun Nancy Maxwell, a Hebburn South ward member and co-founder of Hartleyburn Youth Club and Challenge, based in Crawley Square, Hebburn, said: “This was a fantastic project for the young people and they were very eager to get involved.
“They thoroughly enjoyed working with a professional photographer and visiting Lindisfarne and Durham to take their photographs.
“It was also a fabulous way for them to learn and develop skills for the future.”
Coun Maxwell also praised the work of Pearl Saddington, Bede’s World’s deputy director, for her tireless support for local youth groups, such as Hartleyburn Youth Challenge, over several years.
The young people raised £285 towards the cost of the project by holding a table top sale and also received a £1,500 grant from Hebburn community area forum.