NOUVEAU POSTERS: A painting workshop teaching the design and thinking behind Art Nouveau posters will be held at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, on Monday, January 13. The workshop is being led by Linda Birch and will pay particular attention to the work of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm and costs £35 for adults or £30 for museum friends. Places need to be booked on 01833-690606.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Stanhope Photographic Society meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm at St Thomas’ Church Hall in Stanhope, Weardale, County Durham. The next special event will be on Tuesday, February 4, when Joe and Joan Allen will give a presentation. The society aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up and enjoy photography. Membership costs £15 a year with entry to events costing £1.50. For more information contact Bob Stobbart on 01388-517436.

COMEDY NIGHT: Comedians John Gavin, Mark Rough and MC Andrew Ryan will perform at Bishop Auckland Town Hall’s monthly comedy night on Tuesday, January 14. The show will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door. For more information or to book tickets call 03000 269 524 or email

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