Illumination meets graffiti to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels

Dutch graffiti artist Niels Meulman, AKA Shoe, is no stranger to medieval manuscripts, having been inspired by such works as the Irish Gaelic poem Pangur Bán, so it isn't surprising that he has been chosen to help celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the north of England as part of an exhibition.

Shoe's works will be installed on buildings at various sites around northeast England. Why the choice of a graffiti artist for the job? "There's a similarity between graffiti writers and scribes in the way they're dedicated to playing around with letters and words. They both see words as images," he explains.