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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 of 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.
This workshop, led by Gary Lintern, is aimed at photographers of all experience levels, including absolute beginners. You will have private access to The Bowes Museum and its grounds. It is scheduled for a moonless night, during astronomical darkness. The building’s floodlights will be turned off, so (weather permitting) you will be able to get shots of the night sky, including stars and the Milky Way, over the roof of the museum. The event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2019.
Join Durham Scratch Choir for some uplifting music in the picture galleries. The programme will include classical and pop songs, and some unusual items from around the world.
Join Claire Spooner from Quaintrelle Millinery to make a beautiful crin headpiece ready for Spring and Summer events. Crin is an elegant man-made material available in beautiful colours, perfect for light occasion headwear. Using a small disc on a headband as a base, you will work with crin to shape and trim your headpiece to your design, using simple hand-sewing. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, and is a great introduction to working with crin.
*Online booking closes the day before the event takes place. Call 01833 690606 to see if places are still available.
**Unless otherwise stated events are free with general admission and to Pass holders. Booking maybe required where requested.