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Celebrating artist Norman Cornish at Palace Green Library

(6 November 2019)

A sketch by Norman Cornish

We’re proud of our shared cultural heritage, and so honoured to be hosting an exhibition of work by the acclaimed North East artist Norman Cornish.

About Norman Cornish…

Born in Spennymoor, County Durham, Norman Cornish worked as a coal miner for 33 years before becoming a full-time artist in 1966.

His artworks documenting life in County Durham’s pit villages are both critically acclaimed and hugely popular.

To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, six exhibitions of his work are taking place across the North East.

About our exhibition…

Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks will be at Palace Green Library from Wednesday 16 November to Sunday 23 February.

Before his death in 2014, Norman Cornish said he hoped his sketchbooks would “have a life of their own and be of interest to people”.

His studio, at his home in Spennymoor, contained 269 sketchbooks, containing a huge range of images from quick sketches to finished drawings.

The Sketchbooks exhibition features some of these, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes and family.

The exhibition offers an intimate insight into his personal thoughts and reflections.

About the exhibition programme…

We’re sure The Sketchbooks will be of interest to both art enthusiasts and those who fondly remember the period Norman Cornish painted.

We’re also looking forward to introducing a new generation to his work, through workshops and family-friendly events.