Anya Gallaccio at Lindisfarne Castle

Anya Gallaccio, world renowned artist, will create a new artwork in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Lindisfarne Castle from Saturday 5 May.

Following a £3 million investment and 18 month period of conservation, Lindisfarne Castle is preparing to open its doors to the public once more.  Having emptied the castle for this essential conservation work, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with Turner nominated artist Anya Gallaccio will provide a unique moment in time where an artist will take over the castle and give visitors something really special and unique to see.

An immersive experience

Anya is known for her use of organic material and plans to create a rural landscape of colour using a combination of dyed blankets, flowers and moss.  The colours and fauna will take their inspiration from Gertrude Jekyll’s walled garden in the castle’s grounds and the use of plants such as moss, alpine and Bonsai trees will propose life returning to the castle. Anya will swaddle the house in blankets, suggesting both a house shut up and protected for winter and the transition the house has just been through during the conservation project.

Anya says, “Lindisfarne is a very special place. It’s a place I have always been really intrigued by. It’s an amazing opportunity. How often do you get free rein of a castle? The opportunity to inhabit it briefly is not one to turn down.”

Anya is a British, former Turner-prize nominated artist who, as well as preparing for the installation at Lindisfarne Castle, is also preparing work for the 21st Biennale of Sydney.

The castle will re-open to the public on Sunday 1 April and the installation will open on Saturday 5 May and run until November 2018. 

The installation is a collaboration between the National Trust and Locus+, a Newcastle based visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. It is delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England and a donation from the Henry Moore Foundation.