Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection


16 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

We’re truly honoured to be holding the first major retrospective exhibition of works by a North East artist who’s one of the most respected and best loved of the 20th Century.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, celebrates the centenary of the acclaimed County Durham artist’s work and opens almost 100 years to the day of his birth in Spennymoor.

Visitors will be able to see more than 60 of his works, some of which haven’t been shown publicly before.  They’ll include drawings, pastels and oil paintings from both public and private collections and form the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled that tells the captivating story of his enduring career.

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Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film

23 November, 2.15 - 3.45, £5.00

Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film

 

Join us on an interactive cinematic journey through the social development of the North East region from WW2 to today. Dr Ben Lamb from Teesside University will be here to introduce each film and together we’ll talk about what makes the social character of our area so distinctive. You’ll be invited to share your memories about how accessing healthcare, housing, education and other human rights have changed over the years and reflect on what we can learn from the past to improve our future.

This screening is brought to you by the North East Film Archive, as part of their North East on Film project connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage, in partnership with Teesside University. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Teesside University.  

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The Quintessential Cornish

26 November, 2.15

The Quintessential Cornish

Join Norman Cornish' biographers Gillian Wales and Dr Bob McManners for a fascinating talk about his life and work. Their book The Quintessential Cornish, the authorised biography was originally published to coincide with Norman's 90th birthday and has been reprinted to celebrate his Centenary Year.

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Norman Cornish Gallery Talks

28 November, 2.15, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Norman Cornish Gallery Talks

Join Dr. Howard Coutts for a short introduction to the Norman Cornish exhibition.


Behind The Scenes: The Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture

11 January, 2.15, Free, Booking required

Behind The Scenes: The Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture

Norman Cornish MBE was perhaps the most significant artist to emerge from the North East of England in the 20th Century. Through his work, he recorded one of the most important passages in English history. As part of the regional celebrations of his centenary, his son-in- law Mike Thornton will present this illustrated talk. Revealing predominantly unseen works, it will cover many of the key moments in the artist’s career, including important commissions such as The Durham Miners’ Gala Mural and his works for The Port of Tyne Authority. Mike will also share images of life in Norman’s family home in Spennymoor during the 1950s and 60s and works from his trip to Paris in 1967. This is a story of the artist’s great determination and resilience to overcome adversity and prejudice to become one of the region’s most celebrated artists.

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Developing a Personal Sketchbook

18 January, 1.30 - 4.00, Adult £35.00

Developing a Personal Sketchbook

Norman Cornish’ sketchbooks are an amazing record of the everyday beauty and stark realities of life in mining communities. This workshop will look at how he used his sketchbook as a filter on his world and how he developed his drawings into larger paintings. Sketching in and around the Museum, in this session you will learn how to develop a personalised sketchbook as a method of collecting and filtering the inspirational world around you.

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