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Bowes Museum Events and Exhibitions for January 2020

Beginners Pastels
18 January, 10.00-12.00, £25.00
Norman Cornish’ pastel technique is reminiscent of Toulouse, Lautrec & Degas, invoking the landscape and atmosphere of the mining community where he lived. Join artist Gavin Watson to learn how to create pastel drawings inspired by your surroundings and the current Norman Cornish exhibition.

Developing a Personal Sketchbook
18 January, 1.30-4.00, £35.00
Norman Cornish’ sketchbooks are an amazing record of the everyday beauty and stark realities of life in mining communities. This workshop will look at how he used his sketchbook as a filter on his world and how he developed his drawings into larger paintings. Sketching in and around the Museum, in this session you will learn how to develop a personalised sketchbook as a method of collecting and filtering the inspirational world around you.

Tony Gadd Workshop
19 January, 1.00-3.00
Free but booking required
Join performance poet Tony Gadd for a fun and informal writing workshop inspired by the Norman Cornish exhibition.

Norman Cornish Gallery Talks
27 January, 2.15
Join Dr. Howard Coutts for a short introduction to the Norman Cornish exhibition.

Norman Cornish night at the Old Well Inn, Barnard Castle
30 January, from 8.30
Free drop in event
Join us for a special open mic night inspired by Norman Cornish. Performance poet Tony Gadd will headline, joined by poets reading their work created at the recent workshop and fantastic local musicians. This will be a popular evening, so be sure to get there early to get a seat.

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