MORE than 20 enthusiasts tackled an arts trail arranged to coincide with the Norman Cornish exhibition at The Bowes Museum.
The #CaptureCornish Trail was organised by arts support group Northern Heartlands and involved following a series of clues to discover replicas of eight Cornish paintings hidden in locations in Evenwood, Cockfield, Butterknowle and Woodland.
Having solved the clue and found the pictures, participants then had to take a selfie with themselves at each location. To complete the entry, a final ninth selfie had to be taken at The Bowes Museum, in front of a large-scale vinyl Norman Cornish image located in the reception area.
The competition was supported by The Bowes Museum and the winner receiving a Norman Cornish book signed by members of the his family, a framed Norman Cornish print, a soft toy Bowes Museum swan and a year’s family pass to the Museum.
Jill Cole, director of Northern Heartlands, said: “We’ve been working closely with a lot of places in other parts of the coalfield area of south Durham and it was great to be able to connect with communities in the former pit villages in Teesdale.”
She said feedback from the trail was very positive, with many saying how much they had enjoyed following the clues and discovering the different locations.
A particular favourite was the sensory garden in Evenwood, hidden behind Cornerstone Christian Centre.
Businesses also benefited from the trail, with venues such as Café Cheesedale, in Butterknowle, and Babalicious sweet shop, in Evenwood, commenting on a number of new visitors.
One of the entrants, Ron Paterson, followed the clues on his original 1950s Cyclemaster, completing his collection of selfies with a picture of the vintage machine parked outside The Bowes Museum.