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Norman Cornish Trail

A map of the Norman Cornish Trail

The proposed Norman Cornish Trail is currently at the feasibility stage with Durham County Council and we hope that recommendations will be made early next year. 

The trail may highlight many iconic pieces of Norman’s work at their original locations and also help current and future generations develop a sense of identity with their heritage. Additionally the project has the potential to help the economic regeneration of SW Durham with obvious links to other simultaneous developments across County Durham.


Blue Plaque Unveiled

cornish blue plaque

The plaque reads:

Norman Cornish MBE 1919 – 2014. An internationally acclaimed artist and a famous son of County Durham who lived and worked here from 1967.

“The images are created by the people. I am just the medium”



The Norman Cornish Legacy

Norman Cornish sitting in his studio

A number of developments have been planned to commemorate the life and times of Norman Cornish and his contributions to both the arts and the social history of the North East.

Detailed planning has commenced at the North of England Museum at Beamish to recreate Norman’s home from the 1950s at 33 Bishops Close Street in Spennymoor as part of the 1950s town development.  This new and exciting project stemmed from the recreation of Cornish’s studio, which he donated to the Museum shortly before his death last year.


Beamish Museum

Norman Cornish sat painting in studio

Norman Cornish's Studio Recreated
Local Museum painstakingly re-creates Norman Cornish's studio to form part of a major new attraction and preserve it for the public to visit.



The Greenfield Gallery

Norman Cornish Bishop's Close Street

An exhibition of works by Norman Cornish titled 'Bishop's Close Street', named after a street where Norman used to live which features in many of his works will be showing at The Greenfield Gallery on Thursday, 19 June 2014

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Cornish Centenary

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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