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Community Commemorates Cornish Centenary

26 March 2019

The County Durham mining community that inspired artist Norman Cornish, will sit at the heart of a special exhibition, commemorating his centenary year.

Perhaps one of the most celebrated artists of the north east, Norman Cornish lived all his life in Spennymoor, County Durham.

Now generations of the former mining town have come together to co-curate an exhibition of his work at the Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland.

Titled, Norman Cornish – A Slice of Life, the exhibition is part of a county-wide celebration marking 100 years since the artist’s birth.

Angela Thomas, Curator at the gallery, which is part of The Auckland Project worked with Spennymoor Settlement Sketching Club, Rosa Street Primary School and Tudhoe and Spennymoor Local History Society to select works to be part of the commemorative exhibition.

Norman’s son, John and daughter, Ann have also chosen artworks for the exhibition, offering a warm and refreshing perspective.

The exhibition opens at the Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland Market Place on Saturday, 6 April 2019.

It is one of a number of exhibitions planned across County Durham in 2019 to mark the centenary of Norman Cornish, including exhibitions at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle and the Bob Abley Art Gallery in Spennymoor. For more information, click here.

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