New museums in Bishop Auckland

September 11 2017

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In The Guardian, Maev Kennedy reports on a new museum in Bishop Auckland devoted to paintings of and by miners:

A unique collection of paintings by Durham miners, many made by men who spent their working lives underground and their nights painting on kitchen tables, in attics or garden sheds, will go on display in the first museum in the UK dedicated to such art.

The museum is being created in a former bank building on the marketplace in Bishop Auckland. It includes works by Norman Cornish, the most famous of the group, who left the pits at the urging of his wife to become a full-time artist and spent the rest of his life recording the small streets, shops and people of Spennymoor, where his studio is preserved in an exhibition at the town hall.

More here. This news comes on top of the exciting plans for another museum in Bishop Auckland backed by the financier Jonathan Ruffer.

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