‘Busy Bar’, ‘Pit Road’ and ‘Self Portrait with Spectacles’ are among a number of Norman Cornish’s iconic paintings on long-term loan to Maggie’s Newcastle from Northumbria University’s Permanent Collection (a gift from Norman and Sarah Cornish to the University in 1998), along with a series of poignant, early family portraits from the Cornish Estate and other private collections.
A great admirer of Norman’s work, Ted Cullinan, architect of Maggie’s Newcastle, was instrumental in securing the loans for his landmark building at the Freeman Hospital. Cornish’s paintings, he said, embody everything that is remarkable about the north-east.
He hoped that Maggie’s Newcastle would represent similar qualities for its visitors – resilience, warmth, unity and hope. Four years on, Maggie’s Newcastle welcomes around 100 visitors a day making a measurable difference to people living with cancer, and their family and friends.
Since opening in 2013, other significant works of art have been donated or consigned to the Centre. These include ‘Pillar Man’ a monumental bronze sculpture by the Norwegian artist Nico Widerberg, paintings by Tom Moore; prints by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE RA 1924 – 2005, and a set of early gouaches by Albert Irvin OBE, RA 1922 – 2015, who was a regular visitor to the region.
On Saturday 7 October, from 12 – 5pm, Maggie’s Newcastle will host a sales exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and glass by Norman Cornish as well as works by celebrated artists associated with the region, including Peter Furlonger, Tom Moore, Brita Granström, Ørnulf Opdahl, Frans Widerberg, Nico Widerberg and Albert Irvin. Up to 40% of the sale price for each work sold will be donated to Maggie’s Newcastle and used to continue to support people finding their way through cancer.