‘Behind The Scenes: The Norman Cornish Centenary’ lecture 1919-2019
Spennymoor Town Hall 7-30pm Thursday November 3rd 2022 7-30pm
An illustrated talk by Norman Cornish’s son – in law Mike Thornton
Tickets £ 5 From Spennymoor Town Hall Reception and also available via telephone in normal office hours Monday to Friday - 01388 815276
Norman Cornish MBE was perhaps the most significant artist to emerge from the North East of England in the 20th Century, and he recorded one of the most important passages in English history. Revealing predominantly unseen works, the talk covers many of the key moments in Cornish’s career including commissions such as The Durham Miners’ Gala Mural in 1962, Cornish in Paris in 1967 and two commissions for The Port of Tyne Authority in 1982. The talk also includes images of life in his family home from the 50s and 60s in Spennymoor, which has been recreated as part of the 1950s town at Beamish Museum.
It is a story of great determination and resilience to overcome adversity and prejudice on his journey to become a professional artist.
Please arrive early. Doors open from 7pm.
The Bob Abley Gallery including the current ‘Coming Home’ exhibition and Norman Cornish studio will be open between 6pm and 9-30pm
Free parking behind the Spennymoor Town Hall
Throughout the centenary year, an interesting range of themed exhibitions is planned in order to commemorate Norman’s life and to celebrate his work.
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