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


Left to Right: Lisa Kaimenas and Connor Emerson of the Beamish Museum with Dorothy and John Cornish in front of Front Street Terrace # 2.

It is part of the Open Air Museum’s Remaking Beamish Project and will tell the story of Spennymoor Settlement of artists, writers and poets – with the exhibit 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 1950s terrace of the Beamish Museum.

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

He said: “My father clearly couldn’t resist the temptation to paint on his living room wall before it was redecorated. We are now about to recreate that moment in Beamish’s house.

“The family members are really eager to leave a lasting mark on the house before it is carpeted – a unique opportunity for us.

“Seeing our old Bishop’s Close home start to take shape has been an emotional moment for me and as a family we are delighted that the recreation of our old ‘two up – two down’ coal mine is part of this new development. .

Norman Cornish in front of Berriman’s flea van that featured in several of his paintings – The Beamish Museum restored the van.

“Not only will the house give visitors a glimpse of 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 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 artwork directly on the walls of 2nd Front Street.

“Sarah, Norman’s wife, told us that Norman couldn’t resist the opportunity to paint the walls in their house before they were covered with wallpaper, we want to do the same in our exhibit.

Some of Norman Cornish’s works of art in the Beamish Museum.

“In addition to the artwork created by the Cornish family and members of the community, 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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“This is a truly unique and wonderful opportunity for visitors to leave their mark on the building and create something that will remain at 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 winners who will be drawn.

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