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1967

Moves to a converted Methodist Manse on Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor. Members (approximately 50) of the Tate Gallery Contemporary Art Society, London, arrange a home/studio visit. Mixed exhibition ’The Stone Gallery’: Including G. Romney, J. Constable, William Etty, W. Holman Hunt, D.G. Rossetti, Sir J.E. Millais, Sir E. Burne- Jones, Sheila Fell, L.S. Lowry, Sir William MacTaggart, Ben Nicholson, N.S. Cornish.
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1966/1967 (2)

The Stone Gallery Winter Exhibition: Including Jacob Epstein, Sir William MacTaggart, Theodore Major, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Augustus John, W.R. Sickert, J.M. Whistler, George Rouault, Maurice de Vlaminck, N.S. Cornish. Dean & Chapter Colliery closes, Bishop's Close Street to be demolished.
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1966/1967

The Stone Gallery Winter Exhibition: Including Jacob Epstein, Sir William MacTaggart, Theodore Major, L.S. Lowry, John Piper, Augustus John, W.R. Sickert, J.M. Whistler, George Rouault, Maurice de Vlaminck, N.S. Cornish. Dean & Chapter Colliery closes, Bishop's Close Street to be demolished.
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1966

Exhibition, ‘Painters of the North’, Stone Gallery: Including N.S. Cornish, Sheila Fell, L.S. Lowry, Theodore Major. Working at Tudhoe Park Drift Mine when, with recurring back problems, he requests redundancy. At the age of 47, after 33 years as a miner, he becomes a full-time professional artist. Starts teaching at Durham Technical College and Sunderland College of Art. Spends a week in Paris filming for the television series ‘Close Up Cornish in Paris’, written and produced by Frank Kilbride, with Bob Langley reporting, for Tyne Tees Television.
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1964

Exhibition at The Stone Gallery: Reviewed by national press. Participates in ‘Leading Questions’ a televised panel discussion answering questions on art. 1965 ‘The Richer Life: The Artists and the Region’ produced by Robert Tyndall for Tyne Tees Television.
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1963

Starts work at Tudhoe Mill Drift Mine. The Duke of Edinburgh opens County Hall and unveils the Cornish mural. ‘Through a Miner‘s Eye’ article by David Bean is published in Topic Magazine. ‘A Good and Comely Life’ interviews with John Braine, Sid Chaplin, Len Doherty, John Peace and Norman Cornish for BBC Radio. Appears with Sheila Fell on the Arts programme ‘Monitor’ in ‘Two Border Artists’ introduced by Sir Huw Wheldon, produced and directed by Melvyn Bragg for the BBC. Sheila Fell was a reluctant participant as Cornish didn't have an academic background.
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1962

The Stone Gallery relocates to St Mary's Place, Newcastle upon Tyne. 44 pieces listed and reviewed in national press. Durham County Council commissions a 29 x 6 foot mural for County Hall at Aykley Heads, Durham. Given twelve months unpaid leave of absence from Mainsforth Colliery, Ferryhill Station, to work on the commission. Receives a fee of £1000. Reluctant at first, persuaded by The Stone Gallery as a ‘cornerstone of his career.
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1960

Second exhibition at the Stone Gallery is opened by Sir James Bowman, Chairman of the National Coal Board. Sid Chaplin reviews the exhibition in the Guardian newspaper. Two paintings are purchased for the Laing Art Gallery‘s Collection. Meets Jack Lawson at The Stone Gallery. 1961 Cornish works compared with Toulouse-Lautrec’s work on ‘Your Kind of Music’ competed by Spike Milligan and produced by Peter Glover for Tyne Tees Television. Stone Gallery letters to Cornish: pressure from his agent, Mick Marshall to leave Dean & Chapter Colliery to become full time professional artist.
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1959/1960

Exhibition at The Stone Gallery, Brunswick Place, Newcastle: Including John Piper, Joseph Herman, John Peace, Tom McGuinness, N.S. Cornish.
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1959

First exhibition at the Stone Gallery, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne. Receives commission to produce drawings of working men‘s heads for the programme ‘The Burning Question’ chaired by Jack Clarke and produced by H.K. Lewenhak, Head of Features, Tyne Tees Television. Minister for Arts, Dame Irene Ward, asks NCB for Cornish ‘to be as helped in any way possible and practical with his painting.’
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