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lindisfarnecolour.jpg Lindisfarne Castle gets arty

This woman is internationally renowned artist Anya Gallaccio and she’s brought a veritable landscape of colour to the newly restored castle. Fancy that!

Lindisfarne Castle is surely one of the most dramatic in the north-east and, after an 18-month closure for repairs and conservation, it’s once again back in the game and boosted by playing host to some stunning work from Anya Gallaccio. Inspired by the architecture inside (the former 16thcentury fort was later redesigned by renowned architect Edwin Lutyens) and landscape and garden outside the castle (designed by Gertrude Jekyll), her installations reflect on the recent history of the castle, suggesting both a house shut up and protected for winter, and the transition the building has been through during the £3 million conservation programme. The installations feature aged oak structures big enough to walk through, with blankets draped across, between and through them. While the oak beams hark back to the castle’s time as a fortification, the blankets draped across them suggest a home, comfort and warmth.

dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light, until 4 November, Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island. Entry times vary depending on tide times. More: nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle