The Revd Jim Craig

 The Revd Jim Craig

The Revd Jim Craig
An arts project designed to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the region will be launched on Monday (July 1) in Gateshead. The Graffiti Gospels is a collaboration between Sanctuary Artspace at St Edmund’s Chapel and four graffiti artists from the Gateshead-based CoMusica project. The artists will be spending the whole of July installing a huge piece of artwork inspired by the 8th Century manuscript. Members of the public will be able to see the artists producing the huge pieces of street art which will eventually fill the entire gallery. The Gallery at St Edmunds known as the Sanctuary Arts Space is opposite Gateshead’s new Trinity Square shopping centre. The artists will be resident from 1st-25th July and the finished artwork will open to the public for a further five weeks, from 29th July-29th August. The project is sponsored by the new Trinity Square Tesco store in Gateshead, and is part of the official Lindisfarne Gospels festival. It is being officially launched on Monday 1st July 6-8pm with free drinks and buffet. More information is available at http://sanctuaryartspace.org/ghetto-method.html [expand-contract expand-title=”Read-More” swaptitle=”Finished-Reading” trigclass=”expand-highlight” trigpos=”below” tag=”readon”] The event has been organised by Revd Jim Craig, the Arts Chaplain for Gateshead and Bensham in the Anglican Diocese of Durham. It’s the latest initiative in a career which has seen him marry the power of arts and religion. His role, which began in 2005, was the brainchild of the two parishes. As witnesses to the regeneration of the Gateshead Quayside, including the opening of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in 2002 and the Sage Gateshead in 2004, the parishes wanted to make the arts more accessible to the people of the town. For the past three years, the main focal point of his work as Arts Chaplain has been Sanctuary Artspace, a gallery along the north wall of St Edmund’s Chapel. Sanctuary Artspace has been endorsed by many artists in the North East and has hosted the Sky Arts-sponsored The Late Shows series of events for the past three years. [/expand-contract]

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