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Illuminated Sheep

Special event

Fri 14th October – Sun 16th October, Woodhorn Museum

Until 8pm Included in Annual Pass

Illuminated Sheep flock to Woodhorn Museum to celebrate the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East this autumn.

A brand new visual arts trail will light up Woodhorn Museum to celebrate the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East this autumn.

Illuminated Sheep by Deepa Mann-Kler is inspired by the Gospels’ themes of light, sheep and pilgrimage, and will see a flock of life-sized sheep lit up in bright colours at some of the region’s most iconic locations including Bamburgh Castle, Vindolanda
and Woodhorn Museum.

We are delighted to be hosting the Illuminated Sheep flock at Woodhorn Museum. You can see the full flock lit up here on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October.

The sheep will be illuminated as the sun sets at Woodhorn Museum (approximately 6.10pm) and the museum will stay open late until 8pm to see the stunning light installation.

Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the museum. One of our sheep has been separated from the flock and is lost in the museum. Please help us find it.

Check out the FAQs about this event at the bottom of this page.

Illuminated Sheep is included in your Annual Pass admission. You can buy your Annual Pass online or on the gate when you visit Illuminated Sheep. Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits to Woodhorn Museum for 12 months.

Adults £7
Multiple Group Adults £6.50
Concessions £6
Under 16s FREE

The flock of 30 sheep will be at Woodhorn Museum from Thursday 13th October until Sunday 16th October. During the daytime the sheep will not be lit.

On the evenings of Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October the museum will stay open until 8pm to allow visitors to see the sheep illuminated. The approximate time of switching on will be as the sun sets (approximately 6.10pm).

There is no need to pre-book.

If you already have an Annual Pass for Woodhorn Museum, there is no additional charge to see Illuminated Sheep.

If you are a new visitor, you can buy an Annual Pass online or on arrival at Woodhorn Museum. Pay once and enjoy unlimited repeat visits for 12 months.

An annual pass costs £7 adults, £6.50 multiple adults in a group, £6 concessions and 16s and under can visit for free.

Woodhorn Museum is wheelchair accessible. The route to the Illuminated Sheep is via smooth paths, on a slight incline. There will be customer hosts to direct you to see the Illuminated Sheep.

More information is available in the Accessibility section of the website.

If you have any queries about visiting Woodhorn Museum for this event contact hello@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk 

Woodhorn Museum is dog friendly. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the grounds and colliery buildings, but not inside the main Cutter Building or Cafe.

Assistance Dogs are allowed in all areas.

Please keep your dog on a lead at all times and clean up after your dog if they go to the toilet.

This is an outdoor event and best experienced at night. The paths at Woodhorn Museum are well lit and our customer hosts will also have torches.

You may wish to bring your own torch or use the torch on a mobile phone.

Yes! Illuminated Sheep is in an outdoor location and may be impacted by the weather. We will monitor the weather forecast in the run up to the event, but please come dressed in suitable warm and wet weather clothing and footwear so you can enjoy the event.

In the unlikely event of bad weather, check the website or our social media pages before you travel. If the event has to be cancelled, information will be published on the website and social media pages as quickly as possible.

Yes! The colliery buildings and museum will be open from 10am until 8pm on 14th – 16th October, so you can enjoy the whole experience and exhibitions as part of your visit.

The cafe will be open serving hot drinks and a special evening menu, as well as cold drinks and snacks.

Internationally renowned and multi-disciplinary artist Deepa Mann-Kler will put her unique stamp on the flock of model sheep. Deepa explores concepts of belonging and identity by creating artwork that is deeply rooted in the communities surrounding her. She has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in China, America, Germany and Ireland, and has featured prominently in Lumiere Festivals.

For more information visit her websites at www.deepamannkler.com and www.discoverneon.com.

Illuminated Sheep is being developed and managed by Hexham Cultural Network on behalf of Hexham High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme (HSHAZ) and led by Queen’s Hall Arts.

HSHAZ is an ambitious scheme seeking to deliver major improvements to boost the town centre and enhance the Conservation Area. It is a partnership between Historic England, Northumberland County Council, Hexham Town Council and the Hexham Community Partnership, working with the local community.

Illuminated Sheep is part of Lindisfarne Gospels 2022 – a programme of events inspired by the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East in autumn 2022. On loan from the British Library, the spectacular manuscript will take centre stage in an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 17 September – 3 December 2022. www.lindisfarnegospels2022.com

Museum Address

Woodhorn Museum
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

Opening Times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am-4pm
  • Friday 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm