The Auckland Project: A Spring Reawakening with Art, History, and Music

The Auckland Project is re-open after its winter hiatus with a new events programme bringing together art, history and music at its historic site in the heart of Bishop Auckland.

A new exhibition, Nature and the Ideal: Pioneers of British Landscape opens in the Bishop Trevor Gallery at Auckland Castle on 13th March, highlighting a collection of 18th-century landscapes and eye-catching compositions. It includes masterpieces from Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and Richard Wilson, which guests will be able to visit until 23 June.

In the Spanish Gallery on 17th March, ‘The Sound of Spain’ will echo through the gallery’s walls with live music performed on the Spanish guitar, for added ambience and theatre. 

The music theme continues with a special one-off performance by Royal Northern Sinfonia in the grand Throne Room at Auckland Castle on Saturday 30th March. Johanna Brahms romantic music sits at the heart of the performance, with a short interlude from Strauss’ opera Capriccio.

“The Auckland Project is committed to the local area and bringing County Durham residents closer to historic art and important relics, and those part of our membership scheme are the first to hear about our exciting updates, especially as interest builds in Bishop Auckland and the North East more generally,”

Chief executive officer Edward Perry. 

For 2024, The Auckland Project has extended the catchment area for its discounted ‘Unlimited Pass’. Visitors purchasing the pass living in the postcodes DL4, DL5, DL13, DL14, DL15, DL16 and DL17 will receive 20% off the normal price, making it £24 for adults and £12 for children (5-16 years). 

Paintings in a room entitled Eternal Devotion, a double-height gallery in the Spanish Gallery at The Auckland Project. Credit House of Hues

The ‘Unlimited Pass’ gives full access to The Auckland Project’s attractions which tell the remarkable story of Bishop Auckland, from the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham to the town’s surprising connection to the Golden Age of Spanish Art. Visitors can explore Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery, the Mining Art Gallery and the recently opened Faith Museum, along with its extensive gardens and deer park.

To book tickets to any of The Auckland Project’s range of events, please visit:, and more information on the ‘Unlimited Pass’ can be found here:

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