Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection


16 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces. 

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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.

 


Norman Cornish Gallery Talks

28 November, 2.15

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, 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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