New Granary exhibition explores Pilgrims Coast

Artist Ramsay Gibb
Artist Ramsay Gibb

To celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the north east, a stunning art exhibition of Northumbrian landscapes is going on display.

Scottish painter Ramsay Gibb has gained a national reputation as a landscape painter with a particular focus on historical and archaeological settings.

His paintings record journeys across the British Isles in search of ancient pilgrim roads leading to sacred sites.

For this exhibtion, The Pilgrim Coast, Ramsay has been walking two of the principal routes associated with St Cuthbert and has tracked down and illustrated the sacred sites and remote ancient pathways in old Northumbria from Lindisfarne to St Herbert’s Isle.

The exhibition which comprises 60 paintings will be on display at the The Granary Gallery in Berwick and Woodhorn Museum in Ashington between Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, September 1.

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

Ramsay 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.

“All my paintings are about my own journeys and walking; the experience of changing weather, seasons and tides. By following old routes I hope to portray moments where the landscape past and present comes together.”

Northumberland County Council is supporting the exhibition as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels Programme.

Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “This promises to be a special exhibition of Northumbrian landscapes.

“The paintings are beautiful and solitary, really capturing our dramatic history. I would urge you to come along to one of the galleries and view them and also to take part in the other exciting activities due to take place as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels programme.”

The Granary Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am–5pm. The Granary Gallery is situated on the second floor of the Berwick YHS on Dewars Lane.