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Public Lectures 'Did you know?'

The programme of lectures about the life and work of Norman Cornish commenced about seven years ago following the launch of ‘Behind The Scenes: The Norman Cornish Sketchbooks.’ In 2019 the series of lectures continued around the theme of ‘The Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture’ and the public appetite for these illustrated talks remains as strong as ever.
There are two distinct settings for lectures. Some take place for the members of societies and formal groups such as Local History Societies, U3A, Arts Groups, Women’s Institutes, Rotary Clubs, PROBUS and Friends of …… etc.
Public lectures are slightly different in that they are available for any member of the public and a nominal ticket fee is charged which also helps the organisers plan for the anticipated numbers arriving. Public lectures have also taken place at Art Galleries, Arts Centres, Town Halls, Book Festivals, The Lit & Phil and Redhills.
One of the unintended outcomes at all of these venues has been at the end of lectures when members of the public make contact to announce that they own a ‘Cornish,’ or know someone who does. A conversation often starts with ‘Did you know?,’ and without exception a whole range of fascinating anecdotes have been disclosed regarding Cornish, his work, his life, and historical relationships with other artists such as Sheila Fell, LS Lowry, John Peace and Ned Owen.
Several public lectures are currently being planned to support the Cornish/Lowry exhibition at the Bowes Museum from July 20th 2024 to January 19th 2025 and details will be published in the near future.
Meanwhile, ‘The Test of Time ‘ lecture will be at The Richmond Station Cinema on June 10th 2024 at 1-30pm . Tickets £4.50 via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01748 823062
Some accessible seating and parking is available at The Richmond Station Cinema.
In addition at the Richmond Station Gallery you can visit the latest exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ann Thornton (nee Cornish) ‘Form and Colour -Evolution’ The Artisan Gallery.