Beamish gives two visitors the chance to create works of art in a new Cornish Norman-inspired exhibition

Left to right: Lisa Kaimenas and Connor Emerson of the Beamish Museum with Dorothy and John Cornish in front of the patio at 2 Front Street.

It is part of the open-air muesum’s Remaking Beamish project and will tell the story of the colony of artists, writers and poets on Spennymoor – the exhibition will be based on the former home of famous artist Norman Cornish.

The ‘Make Your Mark’ activity is inspired by Norman, who used the freshly stripped walls of his family home as a giant canvas before they were covered in wallpaper.

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The exhibit will be part of the Beamish Museum’s 1950s Terrace.

John was born and lived there until he was 11 – he expressed his delight that the house was based on his family’s former home.

He said: “My dad obviously couldn’t resist painting on his living room wall before it was redecorated. Now we’re about to recreate that moment in Beamish’s house.

“The family members are really looking forward to leaving a lasting mark on the house before it’s wallpapered – a unique opportunity for us.

“Seeing our former home in Bishop’s Close Street begin to take shape was a moving moment for me and as a family we are delighted that the recreation of our former ‘two up – two down’ colliery house is part of of this new development.

Norman Cornish in front of Berriman’s bullet truck which featured in several of his paintings – the Beamish Museum has restored the van.

“Not only will the house give visitors a glimpse into the living conditions experienced by thousands of mining families in the 1950s, but it will also highlight how my father managed to find a way to develop himself as an artist. in a house that offered so little space.”

She said: “We are really excited to launch this activity, which will allow two visitors to create works directly on the walls of 2 Front Street.

“Sarah, Norman’s wife, told us that Norman couldn’t resist the opportunity to paint the walls of their house before being wallpapered, we want to do the same in our exhibition.

Some of Norman Cornish’s artwork at the Beamish Museum.

“As well as works created by the Cornish family and community members, two visitors will personalize the walls with their own designs, which will then be covered in 1950s-style wallpaper to match Norman’s home on Bishop’s Close Street.

“You can paint, draw, write or color anything that captures your imagination and inspires you. As Norman was told, “paint the world you know”.

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“It’s a truly unique and wonderful opportunity for visitors to leave their mark on the building and create something that will stay with the museum forever.”

To participate in the “Make Your Mark” activity, you must send your name, address and age to [email protected] before 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 – with two randomly selected winners.

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