Join us at a series of FREE community art workshops across four Teesdale villages in 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 will be engaging directly with some of the former mining communities in Teesdale. The aim of the work is to reinforce 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.” 

Two free art workshops will be held in each venue across Butterknowle, Cockfield, Evenwood and Woodland.  Lead by professional artist Vicky Holbrough, the days will include 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. 

 Fun, informal sessions  ● All materials supplied ● No previous experience is needed ● All ages and abilities are welcome

The free workshops begin on Saturday 18th January and will run in venues across Teesdale on each Saturday over four consecutive weeks.

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Create a portrait, using drawing materials and pastels – participants will Create a self portrait in the style of Norman Cornish. Booking is advised, email
  • 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm – Make your very own sketchbook using paper folding techniques then use fine liners and marker pens to create Norman Cornish sketches. These are drop-in sessions and no booking is necessary.

Workshops locations: 

18th January – Butterknowle Village Hall 

25th January – Randolph Centre, Evenwood  

1st February – Cockfield Community Cafe 

8th February – Woodland Village Hall 


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection is being exhibited at The Bowes Museum until February 23rd 2020.