Gospels inspire great art as museum reopens

INSPIRATIONAL ... exhibits such as this at Bedes World are inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, below.

INSPIRATIONAL ... exhibits such as this at Bedes World are inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, below.

THE Lindisfarne Gospels have inspired a new art exhibition launched as a South Tyneside museum reopens after the winter break this weekend.

Bede’s World, in Church Bank, Jarrow, has been closed since December 20, with management using the long break to revamp the premises and retrain staff.

On Saturday, a new exhibition called The EDAN project will open at the venue’s Jarrow Hall, showcasing the work of artists from East Durham.

Bede’s World director Mike Benson said: “We have used the time to regroup and focus on what we do at Bede’s World and how to improve the place as a visitor attraction.

“Everyone is looking forward to reopening and we have some great plans for 2014.”

Museum staff have spent much of the winter break painting the Jarrow tourist attraction and generally revamping the premises.

In 2012, a major bid for World Heritage Status for the joint museum site of Jarrow and Monkwearmouth was withdrawn, following a critical report into the bid.

But while the Jarrow venue has been forced to operate on a tighter budget in recent years, the museum has attempted to broaden its appeal since Mr Benson was appointed director in 2011.

This has included the launch of the Hive community radio station at the museum and exhibitions and attractions with more popular appeal, including annual vintage car shows at Bede’s World’s farm.

The EDAN Project exhibition, which runs from this Saturday until February 25, features the work of artists linked with the East Durham Artists’ Network (EDAN).

The group is based at Art Block in Seaham, which is run by members and volunteers.

A Bede’s World spokesman said: “The exhibition at Bede’s World comprises a selection from three church exhibitions at Sunderland Minster, St Michael’s, Houghton and St Andrew’s, Roker.

“EDAN artists hope the selection conveys some of the excitement and pleasure they experienced in researching and producing a body of work which takes its inspiration from the history of our region and the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels associated with that history.”

For more details about Bede’s World, call 489 2106.

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