Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection


16 November 2019 - 17 May 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.

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.

 

 

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Information about reopening


We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

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