Behind the Scenes: Norman Cornish



A talk by Mike Thornton on Thursday 10th October
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. As part of the regional celebrations, Mike Thornton, Norman Cornish’s son-in-law, will be presenting an illustrated talk at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 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 is being recreated at Beamish Museum to open later in 2019.

A story of great determination and resilience to overcome adversity and prejudice, on his journey to become a professional artist

Talk starts at 2pm

£12 including tea and coffee

To book, please contact us on 01969 621146 or email


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