Gospels Graffiti Art at Woodhorn

Dutch artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman has been commissioned by the Lindisfarne Gospels programme to create original work based on the words and imagery of the Gospels. This coming Thursday 8th August, visitors to the museum and archives at Woodhorn will be able to see the artist at work as he produces one of his dramatic large scale pieces.

Meulman is an international artist and graphic designer who creates large scale calligraphic work in the built environment. For the Gospels, he is creating 5 pieces of work at sites across the North East including Woodhorn just outside Ashington, The Maltings in Berwick, the Castle Keep in Newcastle, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham, and at the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

Jo Raw, Assistant Director at Woodhorn is very excited about the Northumberland museum being part of the programme. “We are thrilled to be able to host this remarkable artist at Woodhorn. Our stunning buildings will provide a dramatic canvas for his work with the scale and size of our structures complementing the magnitude of the art.”

Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman was born, raised and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He began tagging ‘Shoe’ in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. Meulman then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.

Niels Shoe Meulman revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He launched this movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Since then, his Calligraffiti pieces (signed NSM) have been shown in various international exhibitions and are part of several museum collections. His recent painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a calligraphic origin.

The works, created using metallic paints, will be in-situ for 4 to 6 weeks, subject to environmental conditions. The creation of the outdoor artwork at Woodhorn is weather dependent, so if in doubt, visitors should contact the museum in advance on 01670 624455 or check for updates on the Woodhorn Facebook page.

The project is one of many activities commissioned specifically for Lindisfarne Gospels Durham and is supported by Arts Council England.

For further information on Woodhorn contact:

Deborah Tate Marketing Officer on 01670 624478 or email [email protected]

For further press information about the overall project, the Gospels and images please contact:

Michele McCallion, Marketing Communications Executive, Lindisfarne Gospels Durham [email protected] / 03000 261948

The Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham

The Lindisfarne Gospels book is one of the greatest landmarks of human cultural achievement. Created by the community of St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne it is one of the best examples of creativity and craftsmanship from Medieval times.

The Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition takes visitors on a journey of exploration, learning how and why this masterpiece was created, its influence on Medieval Europe and how artistic traditions from Britain and the Mediterranean mainland came together in North East England.

On show in Durham University's Palace Green Library until 30 September, will be fabulous artefacts wrought from precious metals and minerals including gold, amber and silver and stone sculpture alongside medieval manuscripts including the St Cuthbert Gospel and the Durham Gospels.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the gospel book itself, written in honour of St Cuthbert and displayed alongside his treasures.

For further information see: www.lindisfarnegospels.com