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Durham University

Art Collection

What's On

Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

16th November 2019 to 23rd February 2020
Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library

For the renowned north-eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014), sketching was second nature and an inherent part of his everyday life. This exhibition of little seen sketchbooks will present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes, and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works.

This exhibition is supported by funding from Durham County Council and Arts Council England.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £2

Children (5 - 16) and concessions*: £1

Infants (under 5): Free

Carers: Free

Durham University staff and students: Free

Groups of 9 or more: £1 per person

* The concessionary rate is for those below the age of 16 and over 60. This rate also applies to members of the following: Non-Durham University students; International Congress of Museums (ICOM); Museums Association (MA)

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A British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

29th February to 17th May 2020
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

The exhibition highlights the breadth and quality of the British Museum’s collection of modern art, as well as its global scope.

Amongst the oldest forms of human creativity, drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as artists increasingly choose the medium as a means to examine the modern world, with topics ranging from explorations of gender and political activism to questions of belonging and human sexuality.

The exhibition of 56 works will showcase the astonishing diversity of contemporary drawing over the last fifty years, with graphic work by artists such as David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry, as well as exciting works by emerging artists like Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse.

For the first time, the British Museum has co-curated this exhibition with partner museums from around the UK. In a new way of working, curatorial staff from partner museums collaborated with the British Museum to decide on themes within the exhibition and to research and select the works on display, as well as contribute chapters to the accompanying catalogue. Curators from the partner museums involved in the project included Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator of Western Art at Durham University.

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation

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Image: Richard Deacon (b. 1949), Some interference 14.01.06, 2006, ink and graphite on paper © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of the artist

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