Gala Gallery is an exhibition space located within the Gala Theatre and Cinema, next to the Box Office. It shows exhibitions of modern and contemporary art with a focus on responding to the context of County Durham as well as working with and creating work for local communities.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm-8.30pm.
Norman Cornish: The Portraits
30 June 2019 – 1 September 2019
As part of the Cornish centenary celebrations Gala Gallery are privileged to host a selection of portraits by the late Norman Cornish. The portraits give a rare and informal insight into the Cornish family as well as a selection of lesser seen self-portraits.
Mike Thornton, the son-in-law of Norman Cornish, will be giving a talk on Norman Cornish’s life on the 15 August. Tickets are free but booking is recommended.
In My World
14 September 2019 – 2 November 2019
Take a journey through young people’s eyes as they tell you their stories with images and words, sharing their sense of place and identity in south west Durham. This thought provoking exhibition was created through a collaborative project in which young people, aged 10 to 19, worked with photographer Lee Dobson and creative writer Dr Lucie Brownlee to look in depth at how these young people feel in the places they spend a lot of their time.
30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020
Fairground Reminiscence is an immersive, interactive exhibition experience for all the family, celebrating the heritage of fairgrounds and the showman community behind them. Explore the interactive installation and discover historic objects, ephemera, films and fairground games whilst being guided through a bespoke sound score featuring memoirs of showmen and childhood tales of growing up with the fair.
Fairground Reminiscence – Live
30 November 2.30pm, 14 December 12.00pm and 28 December 12.00pm.
Experience the installation through enchanting performances from an eclectic mix of performers. Inspired by Artistic Director’s Adam Russell’s Dad, and his experience growing up in a showman’s family. Free to attend, very limited capacity and booking highly recommended.
Fairground Reminiscence – Take Part
Take part in in our specially designed Fairground Reminiscence Workshops, and have the chance to perform within the installation.
See www.adamrusselldance.com for workshop info and dates.