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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Beginners Pastels

18 January, 10.00-12.00, £25.00

Beginners Pastels

Norman Cornish’ pastel technique is reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec & Degas, invoking the landscape and atmosphere of the mining community where he lived. Join artist Gavin Watson to learn how to create pastel drawings inspired by your surroundings and the current Norman Cornish exhibition. Booking will open shortly. 

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Tony Gadd Workshop

19 January, 1.00 - 3.00, Free, Booking required

Tony Gadd Workshop

Join performance poet Tony Gadd for a fun and informal writing workshop inspired by the Norman Cornish exhibition.

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Norman Cornish Gallery Talks

27 January, 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.


Norman Cornish night at the Old Well Inn, Barnard Castle

30 January, from 8.30, Free drop in event

Norman Cornish night at the Old Well Inn, Barnard Castle

Join us for a special open mic night inspired by Norman Cornish. Performance poet Tony Gadd will headline, joined by poets reading their work created at the recent workshop and fantastic local musicians. This will be a popular evening, so be sure to get there early to get a seat.


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