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The Auckland Project operates parks and gardens as a tourist spot in Bishop Auckland.

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Bishop Auckland, England, DL14 7NJ,

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+44 01388 743 750

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First gallery in the UK dedicated to Spanish art, culture and history to open in County Durham

Oct 12, 2021

First gallery in the UK dedicated to Spanish art, culture and history to open in County Durham The Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, which is the first gallery in the UK dedicated to the art, culture and history of Spain, opens on October 15th 2020 The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Get the latest County Durham news and updates delivered straight to your inbox - sign up for free email updates Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Mike Ashley's Sports Direct outlet in Bishop Auckland has a rather surprising new neighbour, a Spanish Gallery laden with art treasures that would be the envy of many capital cities. Paintings by El Greco, Velazquez and other great artists of the Spanish Golden Age of the 16th and 17th centuries are arranged over four floors of a gallery which also contains some jaw-dropping 21st Century wizardry. The gallery, long in the planning, opens to the public on Friday. Who might be first through the doors in the Market Place? Jonathan Ruffer, the philanthropist whose vision lies behind the gallery and The Auckland Project of which it is one element, led a media tour of the building and professed his excitement. First though, he set the scene, stressing that regeneration of the town was key to everything The Auckland Project was doing. He ran through some of its initiatives, a revamped Auckland Castle, gardens designed by the man who did similar work for Prince William and George Clooney, the Roman fort at Binchester - "almost certainly" visited by Roman Emperor Constantine - and the night show, Kynren. Also planned for a site below the castle was a day park with attractions aimed at families. Francisco de Zurbarán’s series of masterpieces Jacob and his Twelve sons in the Long Dining Room of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham where they have been for over 250 years. The painting of Benjamin (on the right) was the only one of the set which was not originally acquired by Bishop Trevor in 1756 so a copy was produced. Zurbarán’s original Benjamin is now in Bishop Auckland at The Spanish Gallery, the first gallery in the UK dedicated to the art, culture and history of Spain (Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive) "What I see in County Durham is a place that bristles with things that people might want to see but none big enough to be the reason people want to come," he said. " Durham Cathedral is on a very fast train line and the city is very small, so you can see both by getting off a train at 11am and getting back on a train at 4pm. "It's the rest of the county that interests me. "The scale of what we’re doing here is enormous and everything we're doing is intended to be as crowd-pulling as possible." He said it was important to have something that would appeal to everybody, locally, nationally and internationally. The Spanish Gallery, he hoped, would add prestige. "When people say, 'What's going on in Bishop Auckland ?' they'll find it's got a Spanish Gallery with three Velazquez paintings in it. "There aren't many places in the world that can talk like that. "So our thought is that if we can create something here that is utterly remarkable, like a Spanish Gallery, then we stake our claim on being a player in the international market." Art expert Jonathan Ruffer from the Auckland Project at The Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, County Durham (Image: Craig Connor/ChronicleLive) The story of The Auckland Project began with Mr Ruffer's 2012 purchase – and rescue – of the famous paintings in Auckland Castle, Jacob and his 12 Sons, by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran. They were bought by Bishop Richard Trevor and displayed in Auckland Castle in 1756 as a statement of religious tolerance at a time when anti-Jewish feeling was running high. Or, rather, most of them were. The painting of one son, Benjamin, eluded the bishop's bidder and ended up at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. Bishop Trevor commissioned an artist called Arthur Pond to paint a replica Benjamin which has hung with the originals ever since. Now, a short walk from Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery display opens with the original Benjamin, on loan from the 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, owner of Grimsthorpe Castle. Examples of much more recent copying are splendidly displayed on the upper floors of the gallery where many of the stunning artefacts are exact replicas of treasures held in institutions in Spain. They include an extraordinary automaton by El Greco showing Christ's resurrection that used to be paraded on the streets of Toledo; stunning wall tiles; and paintings by Juan de Valdes Leal (1622-90) that can now be seen more clearly here than in the hospital in Seville where the originals have hung for centuries. Credit for these facsimiles goes to Madrid-based specialist firm Factum Arte whose founder Adam Lowe was also present yesterday with his wife, architect Charlotte Skene Catling. Labels tell visitors about the original artworks while technical details of the digital copying process can be accessed via QR code. Entry details for the gallery can be found on The Auckland Project website .

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The Auckland Project acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Weardale Railway on March 27, 2020.

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The Auckland Project has 1 strategic partners and customers. The Auckland Project recently partnered with Durham University on October 10, 2016.

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Innovation and exports to drive continued success of UK automotive industry

The partnership between Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust formalises a number of other joint projects between the two organisations including archaeological work at Auckland Castle , student placements and joint research projects across a number of the University 's subject áreas .

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Innovation and exports to drive continued success of UK automotive industry

The partnership between Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust formalises a number of other joint projects between the two organisations including archaeological work at Auckland Castle , student placements and joint research projects across a number of the University 's subject áreas .

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