Arts and Culture
If you’re hoping to get a hold of some locally-produced contemporary art to remind you of your visit to Northumberland, a good location to head to is the Allendale Forge Studios Art and Craft Centre. With 12 working galleries calling it home, it also features a shop featuring Northumberland contemporary art, and a café. It also serves as a host for exhibitions, workshops. Musical evenings, open studio events and craft fairs.
A visit to Northumberland will never be complete without taking a look at the numerous magnificent estates that pepper the landscape. Wallington Hall is a must-visit— full of fascinating tales and stories from the 10 generations of Trevelyans and Blacketts that have called it their home. The Central Hall is certainly the highlight of the structure with its eight walls of painting that perfectly capture local history for 2000 years. The Parlour, the exquisite doll houses, and the various fascinating objects on display from porcelain to artwork make it a truly worthwhile destination.
Eadfrith of Lindisfarne
The Bishop of Lindisfarne, in his time, he single handedly created the Lindisfarne Gospels— one of the greatest religious and artistic treasures of the world. The book recounts the teachings and life of Jesus Christ from the gospels of John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew— a clear testament to the Christian belief’s tenacity during one of British history’s most turbulent times. In creating the gospels, mineral, vegetable, and animal pigments were employed by Eadfrith to showcase a wide variety of colours. Unfortunately, the work has remained unfinished but its contribution to Northumberland art and culture could not be discounted. A replica of the manuscript can be seen at Holy Island’s Lindisfarne Centre for those that want to see what it looked like and want to know more.