Year 4 had a fantastic opportunity to visit St Paul’s Church in Jarrow to see the CODEX Exhibition. Inspired by the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this autumn, Durham University has collaborated with award-winning light art company The Projection Studio to create CODEX, an inspiring visual and sound installation. Staff from Durham University spoke to the children about the exhibition.
CODEX explores connections between Northumbria and the rest of the world, expressed through the art of manuscripts dating from between 600 and 800AD.
Projected onto calfskin, which was used to make the vellum pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels, CODEX brings modern art media and traditional materials together.
The Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the best-preserved manuscripts to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, is an illuminated manuscript gospel book created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne around 715-720. Normally on display in the British Library, London, it is believed that the gospels were produced in honour of St Cuthbert, a former Prince Bishop of Durham.
Year 4 have been learning about the Bible this term and in coming months will be learning about the Northern Saints as part of their RE lessons.