Community Workshops Across Teesdale January and February 2020

Born 100 years ago, Norman Cornish is possibly one of the most famous artists form the North East. To celebrate his life and work, Northern Heartlands is working in partnership with The Bowes Museum to expand its community engagement activities in support of the Museum’s current exhibition: “Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection”.

We engaged directly with some of the former mining communities in Teesdale with the aim of reinforcing the importance of Norman Cornish’s legacy and to bring his work to new audiences.  

Northern Heartlands Director Jill Cole said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Bowes Museum to raise awareness of the work of a great north east artist and also of an iconic cultural venue on our doorstep.” 

The art workshops were  held in Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood and Woodland and, owing to popular demand, a fourth workshop was added in Toft Hill.  The workshops were lead by professional artist Vicky Holbrough and included an opportunity for participants to create a self-portrait as well as the chance to make a sketchbook and create their own sketches in the style of Norman Cornish.  Some brilliant art work was produced, there are some really talented artists in our communities, all the artwork in the gallery was created in the workshops.


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection is being exhibited at The Bowes Museum until 17th May 2020