ARTWORKS blending calligraphy and graffiti are appearing across the region to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman is creating five pieces of ‘calligraffiti’: on the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, Durham’s Prince Bishops shopping centre, Newcastle’s Castle Keep, the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and The Maltings Theatre in Berwick.

The Transporter Bridge piece was the first to be installed, on Sunday (August 4).

Today (Tuesday), the Amsterdam-based artist and graphic designer is working on the Durham piece.

He said: “By being in the North-East and seeing the Lindisfarne Gospels I genuinely connected with someone who lived 1,300 years ago. Eadfrith (the Lindisfarne Gospels’ creator) was the first calligraffiti artist.”

All five artworks will remain in place for four to six weeks.

The Lindisfarne Gospels are at Palace Green Library, Durham, until September 30. For more information, visit