Every 7 years the Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, makes a journey from the British Library in London to a venue in the North East of England. In 2022 that venue was the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne. 


As part of the Laing’s exhibition of this treasured manuscript, NOVAK was invited to produce a ‘digital installation’ that explored the origins and influences that inspired the creation of the gospels and the journey that the book took from its birthplace on the holy island of Lindisfarne. 


NOVAK created an immersive audio visual installation, featuring floor to ceiling projection, improvisational music and sound design, set alongside newly scripted narration.


‘It was a pleasure to work with NOVAK on the digital immersive experience which introduced our major 2022 exhibition, The Lindisfarne Gospels. Tidal beautifully evoked the island of Lindisfarne and created a sense of time and place which would not otherwise have been possible. The full height projections were a new kind of exhibition making for the gallery and NOVAK guided us smoothly through the process’  

Dr Esmé Whittaker, Keeper of Art, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Direction, design and animation by

Music direction and sound design by Ed Carter, featuring improvisations by Laura Cannell (recorder) and Rhodri Davies (harp).

Script by Laura Lindow
Narration by Paula Penman 
Technical installation by ArtAV
Thank you to all of the staff at the Laing Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and The British Library
Installation video: NOVAK  Photography: Colin Davison