Female Artists at Tennants

Tennants have collaborated with some of the leading Public Collections in the North to present a virtual exhibition celebrating female artists from the 18th century to the 21st century.

The virtual exhibition held by Tennants celebrates the extraordinary skill and imagination of female artists and demonstrates that despite many obstacles, women are just as capable of aesthetic greatness as their male counterparts.



Light & Shadow

In 2018 Tennants held a second loan exhibition – Light and Shadow following the success of 350 Years of British Art.

The exhibition brought together a diverse collection of paintings and sculptures from 50BC to the 21st century, all notable for their arresting use of light and shadow.



350 Years of British Art

November 2017 marked an important step for the Picture Department at Tennants, the opening of 350 Years of British Art, a loan exhibition curated by head of department, Charlotte Conboy.

With the support of both private clients and museums in the North East who so generously loaned their paintings and sculpture, it was possible to bring together an extraordinary group of works charting the development of British Art from the 17th century to the present day.



Norman Cornish: Bishop's Close Street

Tennants Auctioneers has a strong record of selling works by Norman Cornish and was delighted to be able to curate an exhibition of his incredible work in association with the Cornish Family and Beamish Museum.

The part-selling exhibition took a close look at Cornish’s world. Alongside many previously unseen works and intimate portraits of his family, the front room from his family home in Bishop’s Close Street, and studio from his last home in Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor were recreated with their original furnishings.