Watch again: Pam Royle interviewed Norman Cornish about his career in July 2011.
The artist Norman Cornish will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Sunderland University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and support of the mining community.
Cornish left school to work in the mines aged 14, but a year later in 1934 he joined the famous Pitman's Academy. He began painting and drawing the world around him.
Later he became friends with the painter LS Lowry, who took holidays in the North East. Now 92, Cornish continues to chronicle the everyday lives of the people of Spennymoor, in County Durham.