Beamish gives two visitors the chance to create works of art in a new exhibition inspired by Norman Cornish
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 âMake Your Markâ 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.
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: âMy 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.
âThe family members are really eager to leave a lasting mark on the house before it is carpeted – a unique opportunity for us.
âSeeing 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. .
âNot 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, âWe are really excited to launch this activity, which will allow two visitors to create artwork directly on the walls of 2nd Front Street.
âSarah, 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.
âIn 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.
âYou 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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âThis 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 [emailÂ protected] before 11 a.m. on Saturday July 3 – with two winners who will be drawn.