The Auckland Project
Inspired by a cycle of paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán, currently housed in nearby Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery will be the first museum in the UK dedicated to exploring the arts and culture of Spain.
Behind the façades of Bishop Auckland’s Grade II listed Backhouse Bank building and neighbouring Barrington School buildings, it will house works from the Trust’s own collection, along with loans from institutions and galleries around the world, including the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid and the Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas.
Works will be exhibited across 12 galleries, spread over three floors, including a dramatic top-lit, double-height space created in an extension to the Backhouse building, to sensitively accommodate larger works. In addition, it will include a temporary exhibition space and a restaurant.