Painting pilgrims’ path to St Cuthbert

Ramsay Gibb at Woodhorn
Ramsay Gibb at Woodhorn

AN acclaimed artist has undertaken a spiritual journey of old Northumbria for a new exhibition.

Ramsay Gibb, who has gained a national reputation for his landscape work, has spent 18 months tracking down, walking and illustrating sacred sites and remote pathways associated with St Cuthbert.

The result is an exhibition of 60 paintings called The Pilgrim Coast, which is on display in Northumberland over the summer to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East.

Mr Gibb said: “My paintings have involved a personal journey, during which I have discovered for myself a place that was central to the collective history of these islands, Northumbria. In doing so I began to understand that the stories around St Cuthbert and relics, including the incomparable Lindisfarne Gospels, still have impact today.

“I have been inspired by the wild landscapes, the marginal, tidal places of the area, that connect us to their past and where I feel we can still hear the echoes of old Northumbria.”

The project is a partnership between Francis Kyle Gallery in London, The Woodhorn Trust and Berwick Visual Arts, with support from Northumberland County Council as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels programme.

Council Board member for Community Infrastructure and Culture Val Tyler said: “This promises to be a special exhibition of Northumbrian landscapes and its links to the Lindisfarne Gospels make it particularly significant.”

The exhibition is divided in two and is showing at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and The Granary Gallery in Berwick until Sunday, September 8.