Anya Gallaccio at Lindisfarne Castle

What do you do when Lindisfarne Castle is empty of its collection? You take over, of course! Following 18 months of conservation work, Lindisfarne Castle re-opened this year, and internationally-acclaimed, Turner-prize nominated artist, Anya Gallaccio has taken up residence, with a major new site-specific installation. Not since Sir Edwin Luytens began his renovations in 1903 have the castle’s rooms been laid bare – providing the perfect blank canvas for Gallaccio to work her magic.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gallaccio, the acclaimed artist has given new life and meaning to the historic, National Trust property, creating an immersive experience like no other. “Lindisfarne is a very special place. It’s a place I have always been really intrigued by,” Gallaccio told The National Trust. “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.”


The installation, dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light, will paint several rooms of the castle in a light they have never been seen before. A landscape of colour, the installation features large, geometric oak sculptures swaddled in organically-dyed blankets. Inspired by the many colours of Gertrude Jekyll’s walled garden in the grounds of the castle, dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light represents a return to the castle; bringing it back to life.

The castle’s long periods of “in-between-ness” intrigued and inspired Gallaccio: a ruin in 1901, the castle was transformed into a home by Sir Luytens; the National Trust took over its care in 1944, where it has remained unoccupied, frozen in time. Gallaccio’s installation makes reference to the castle’s periods of both rapid change and long-drawn periods of stillness.

“Anya’s work is creative, dynamic and interesting, and pushes boundaries of what is considered possible – much in the same way Jekyll’s did. This installation transforms the historical colours of Jekyll’s renowned garden into a thought-provoking piece of contemporary art,” Simon Lee told The National Trust.

The newly-commissioned installation has been delivered by Locus+ and The National Trust through Trust New Art and has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England, as well as through donation by the Henry Moore Foundation.


The installation is open NOW until Sunday 4 November. Please note that Lindisfarne Castle is located on Holy Island, which is only accessible at low tide. Please check the National Trust’s website for opening times, according to tides, via the link, below.


 Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2SH

How Much Does It Cost?

 Entry to the installation is included in the Admission Price for the castle. Just turn up, pay at the castle, and explore!