MORE than 1,000 people have visited an exhibition which chronicles the determination and resilience Norman Cornish showed to become an artist.

Norman Cornish: A Man of Destiny at Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe, closes on Wednesday, December 11.

The exhibition inspired activities and workshops throughout the autumn and attracted more than 1,000 visitors.

Newton Aycliffe: Greenfield Arts honours Norman Cornish

It formed part of the Norman Cornish Centenary celebrations which is a year-long celebration of his life and work, curated by the late County Durham artist’s family in collaboration with galleries across the North-East.

The exhibition will be followed by a response event titled Inspired by Cornish.

Running at Greenfield Gallery, from Monday, December 16 to Friday 20, it will include a spoken word performance by poet Tony Gadd at 1pm on the Monday, and a mini exhibition by the centre's Men’s Cree group and Greenfield Community College students who worked with artist in residence Richard Bliss and Tony Gadd.

Creative director of Greenfield Arts, Katy Milne, said: "The groups have been inspired by Norman and his creative process and his journey to become an artist. The written and visual responses have reflected on our own personal journeys and attributes, we are looking forward to sharing this work Inspired by Cornish when the current exhibition closes.”