The Lindisfarne Gospels is an illuminated manuscript gospel book probably produced around the years 715–720 in the monastery at Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland, England. It contains the Gospels of the four Evangelists Mark, John, Luke, and Matthew. The manuscript was produced in a scriptorium in the monastery of Lindisfarne and took approximately 10 years to create. It is a spectacular example of Insular or Hiberno-Saxon art—works produced in the British Isles between 500–900 C.E., a time of devastating invasions and cultural change.
The Lindisfarne Gospels features in an exhibition about its meaning in the world today, exploring its relationship with themes of personal, regional, and national identity. Throughout 2022 attractions across the North East are hosting events inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels in celebration of its display at the Laing Art Gallery. Ad Gefrin is also sponsoring this exhibition and will be opening a £12m Anglo-Saxon Museum and whisky distillery in February 2023 to celebrate and showcase its unique heritage.
The Lindisfarne Gospels is known for its intricate artwork which includes blue pin-wheeled shapes that rotate in repetitive circles caught in a vortex of a large Q that forms Luke’s opening sentence as well as birds that abound throughout its pages. It also features symbols for each evangelist such as an ox for Christ's sacrifice on the cross according to historian Bede from Monkwearmouth.