Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection


16 November 2019 - 17 January 2021

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.

Norman Cornish Virtual Gallery Tour


We had just announced the extension of this popular exhibition for those who hadn't got to see it over the winter or just wanted to see it again when we were struck with the threat of COVID-19. We can't yet promise it will still be here when we are once more allowed to open the doors but John and Dorothy Cornish, son and daughter-in-law of the late Norman Cornish, have kindly narrated this stunning exhibition for you to enjoy. Listen to John's insight of his Dad's work and get a real understanding behind Norman's life.

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Behind The Scene: Norman Cornishe's Sketchbooks

Upon his death in 2014, Cornish left almost 300 unseen sketchbooks. He suggested ‘they should be available for the public to view, to teach people to look at things’. By prolifically sketching bar scenes, street scenes and men at work in the pit, Cornish recorded a fascinating slice of County Durham life. Tune in to hear Mike Thornton - son-in-law of Norman Cornish - deliver this talk.
The Behind The Scenes: The Norman Cornish Sketchbooks catalogue is available here.

 

 

Related Events

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!