Friday, 20 October 2017


 Mining Art Gallery

After months in the making, the Mining Art Gallery opens on 
Saturday 21 October. It will transform the former 
Old Bank Chambers in Bishop Auckland Market Place, 
providing a permanent home for the North East’s largest 
collection of Mining Art.
With three permanent galleries and one temporary exhibition 
space on the ground floor, the gallery explores working life in the 
coalmines through original artefacts and artwork 
from prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness 
and Norman Cornish. Using powerful imagery, the downstairs galleries 
will help visitors to understand what it felt like to work in the 
claustrophobic coalmines and shed light on why some 
miners felt it necessary to paint this dark and clamorous world. 
The upstairs galleries celebrate the diversity and strength 
of mining communities, through the stark 
contrast of riotous colour at Gala Day and the rich lives 
led by miners in their time above ground.
The Mining Art Gallery shares the experience of life 
underground and life in the community through eyes of 
the people who lived it. 
The Gemini Collection, now in its permanent home, 
is an artistic record of an industry and a memorial 
to a former way of life. 
The work displayed showcases the skill and creativity 
of these labourers and celebrates the achievements of 
the mining artists as a vital aspect of coalfield heritage.

Available in the Mining Art Gallery shop is Derek Slater's book
The Coal Mine, published by Rockpool Children's Books.

Opening times and more information can be found via this link:

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