Monday, 22 April 2013

Winter Chapel Film Series: Sunrise, a Tale of Two Human Beings

Tuesday 30 April, 7pm (7.30pm) with questions and discussion after
£5/£3 Concessions includes free cake and hot drinks, BYOB

Following the success of previous events in our Winter Chapel Film Series in collaboration with St Dominic's Priory, we are happy to announce our next screening. We will be showing Alfred Murnau's acclaimed silent classic Sunrise: a Tale of Two Human Beings (1927). It is simply one of the greatest films ever made, an extraordinary tale of forgiveness and redemption,with great music too.

For further information go to our facebook event.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Art Workshops Day with the Biscuit Family Studio Artists - 27 April

To conclude the Word on the Street Exhibition, curated by Julia Tryon, Biscuit Family Studio Artists will be leading some workshops here at THB on Saturday, 27 April. Anyone is welcome, and there's no experience necessary!
Traditional Rag Rug for Beginners
10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn to make traditional hooky and proggy mats with Louise Underwood. 
FREE - Booking Essential

Photoshop Workshop
10:00am - 12:00pm
Make your own photoshop designs inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels - 20 minute sessions.
£1 - Booking Essential

Felt making
1:00 - 2:30pm
Make a felt picture based on the Lindisfarne Gospels with Miranda Petersen
£1.50 - Booking Essential

Bookmaking with Celtic Patterns
1:00 - 2:30pm
Learn to make a small book and decorate with Celtic patterns

If you are interested, email to book spot, or show up on the day.

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Responding to the Book:
Open Day & Workshops
Workshops, 12:45 - 2:45pm
Open Day, 3:00 - 6:00pm

This Saturday, April 6th, we are hosting an Open Day at the Holy Biscuit, to celebrate the official launch of our programme of events and exhibitions inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels' return to the region.

'Responding to the Book' is curated by THB's artist in Residence for the Lindisfarne Gospels programme, Julia Tryon, and features work by the Biscuit Family Studio Artists. Since the launch of the residency in March, Julia has been exploring the Lindisfarne Gospels and its legacy to the region, as landmark cultural and religious achievement, and its contemporary relevance to the community of Shieldfield, in Newcastle. She has been meeting with various community groups, schools, businesses, churches, and local charities, to discuss the gospels and what they mean to a diverse multicultural urban community.

Come to the open day, from 3:00 - 6:00pm, to learn more about the project and the residency, and have a chat with Julia Tryon and the other artists featured in the exhibition.

There will also be two workshops before the open day:

Bookmaking and Celtic Drawing
12:45 - 2:45pm
£1 - book in advance to ensure a place, but not mandatory

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Be Part of the Picture

by Amy Barnes

The schools programme is well underway at the Holy Biscuit, with a calendar packed full of workshops for schools in our local area. This year artist Lorna Bryan has devised a project inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, to coincide with their much anticipated return to the region to be exhibited this summer. The aim of the project is to introduce the Lindisfarne Gospels to primary aged children, and to help them understand the relevance of such a historic document. While working with the children, it has raised the question for us too, what do the Lindisfarne Gospels mean for us today? As I am discovering, there is inspiration in them for us all, not just in the text which, as we know, is rich with the teachings of Jesus and stories of His life, but on many other levels as well.

Although this reproduction of the Gospels was created by a Bishop Eadfrith on Lindisfarne, over 1300 years ago, in some ways their cultural context is not too far removed from the one we experience. Britain has such a rich history which has evolved over the centuries, and continues to change today. Cultural diversity is not a new thing to us, and the artist understood the importance of bringing creative aspects of all these different cultures together to create a unique style, making the stories of Jesus accessible and available to all. This is not a new challenge, but a very important one.

Another thing to consider is the phenomenal amount of effort and devotion poured into the creation of this work. Eadfrith used his skills for the Glory of God, which presents another challenge to us, are we doing the same?

Perhaps the most important lesson for me is that the story didn’t end when Jesus died on the cross, and rose again. It continues today, and we can choose to be a part of it. Just as Eadfrith shared the message of Jesus through creativity, diligence and devotion, so too did Aldred, who painstakingly translated them from Latin into English, so they could be understood by all. And now, over a hundred school children from Shieldfield, Heaton, Sandyford and Gateshead have been learning how to use their creativity to share Bible stories with a wider audience, they too are part of a much bigger picture. Their animated creations will be passed on and shared using YouTube, so watch this space, and be inspired to do the same!
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