20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Cornish at Castlegate - Doors open on Saturday 16th

12th September, 2017

Busy Bar by Norman Cornish Busy Bar by Norman Cornish

A reminder that we open the doors on Saturday 16th at 10 am to arguably one of the most important and major shows of our last five-plus years. It’s interesting that this and our 2014 major show of works by the late Sheila Fell (RA) mirror the subject of a young Melvyn Bragg’s first ever television programme in 1963, a documentary of both Norman and Sheila, “Two Border Artists”.

The entire exhibition may be seen HERE with an electronic page-turning version of the catalogue available to see HERE. As mentioned previously, we’ve had produced a short film of Norman and his work, featuring insights by John Cornish, Norman’s son, who we will be forever grateful to for his and the family’s help and friendship. The film may be watched through the link HERE.

The response we’ve had to the exhibition and Norman’s work so far has been astounding, with many works sold already. Forty works will be on show for the duration of the exhibition, ending on Saturday 7th October (October, where has this year gone!?). Norman spent his life in Spennymoor, County Durham, at first as a miner, then as a full time artist. He is arguably the most respected chronicler of a world at work and at leisure that has all but now gone, within just a couple of generations. This is an exhibition that really should be seen.

As said, doors open at 10am, with a reception from 12 to 2pm (open until 5pm) with Norman’s family in attendance. The majority of the forty works in the exhibition have never before been seen and come straight from Norman’s estate/immediate family.  

The gallery will be closed on Friday 15th September to allow exhibition preparation. We’ll be opening additionally on Wednesdays during the course of the exhibition, to accommodate what we believe will be huge interest in the show. For anyone planning on calling to see the exhibition on Saturday 23rd, please be aware that as part of Taste Cumbria, the gallery will be hosting a Secret Gin Garden event, so there will be access to the gallery only until 3pm that day. 

Finally, a brand new book, Behind the Scenes, covering the sketch books of Norman and the works derived from those sketch books, will be available from the Saturday. We’ve had a sneak preview of the publication and it’s a wonderful detailed view of Norman’s work; £30 seems like a bargain.

All for now, we hope to see you during the exhibition.

Steve and Christine