Lasers and video projections shine a new light on Lindisfarne Castle

A new exhibition has been unveiled at Lindisfarne Castle by British artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer.

By Ian Smith
Friday, 4th June 2021, 12:16 pm

Limelight, which runs until October 31, will take an imaginative journey through the castle using a combination of lighting, 3D laser scans, video projection and sound.

Originally built as a fort, Lindisfarne Castle has undergone numerous transformations over the centuries.

After the recent conservation project in 2017, the team working at the castle have been exploring different ways of uncovering the castle’s history, adding and removing collection pieces to highlight narratives.

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A new exhibition by Heinrich & Palmer can be seen at Lindisfarne Castle. Picture: Jonny Walton

Heinrich & Palmer commented: “Lindisfarne Castle is a fascinating, elemental place that completely captivated our imagination when we first came as visitors back in the 1990s - the sea and shifting light of Holy Island adding to the drama of the experience. Returning 25 years later as artists at an interesting moment in its history, the castle feels like a stage waiting for a new drama to unfold.”

Kiki Claxton, creative producer, Arts & Heritage said: “We’re excited to work with Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer; these British artists work on large scale projection events, films and photography, which is fitting for Lindisfarne Castle.

By bringing contemporary art installations into historic buildings such as Lindisfarne Castle, we hope to add a new and exciting layer to our visitors’ experience. It also enables dynamic artists to create new work in spaces which wouldn’t normally be accessible, which can inspire and challenge their creative process.”

Heinrich & Palmer have worked as a partnership since 1991, creating multi-media installations and interventions in response to a wide range of sites such as museums, heritage sites, country parks and spaces in the public realm.

Their work is always focused around blurring the boundaries between real and virtual space, light, material and architecture.

Often working in unique spaces, the duo have recently created works for Crossness Pumping Station in London (Luminary, 2019), Hull Minster (Ship of the Gods, 2018) and are no strangers to the National Trust, exhibiting works at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire and Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Limelight is part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts, supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Newcastle University and produced with support from Arts & Heritage and Berwick Visual Arts.

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