The Spanish Gallery

County Durham

Auckland Castle has been home to Francisco de Zurbarán’s series of Spanish masterpieces Jacob and His Twelve Sons, for over 250 years. These striking paintings are the starting point for The Spanish Gallery, which opened in the heart of Bishop Auckland in 2022.

The Grade II listed Backhouse Bank building and neighbouring Barrington School building in the centre of Bishop Auckland have been transformed into the new gallery by architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The gallery draws on works from its collection and delivers a series of activities and exhibitions in partnership with Durham University, as well as institutions and galleries from around the world.

Among the artworks in the gallery’s inaugural exhibition is El Greco’s remarkable Christ on the Cross (1608–10), which was purchased with a generous grant from the Art Fund.

Market Place Bishop Auckland DL14 7JF

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£14 / £7

  • Wed 10.30am – 4pm
  • Thu 10.30am – 4pm
  • Fri 10.30am – 4pm
  • Sat 10.30am – 4pm
  • Sun 10.30am – 4pm
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