Art Amongst The Coal : Mining Art & Music
Thursday 1st February 2018, 7.30pm
Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam, NE41 8AA
Prices: £6 or £20 Group Ticket (4 People)
Passion, struggle, light and beauty - vivid depictions of a way of life now largely disappeared - we’re really delighted to be presenting this very special event to celebrate and introduce the new Mining Art Gallery to our Festival audience. Through music and spoken word we’ll hear about the unique history of miners who responded to their work and community with beguiling and extraordinary art.
Opened in October of 2017 in Bishop Auckland the Mining Art Gallery celebrates and showcases the paintings, drawings and sculptures of pitmen artists such as Tom McGuinness, Norman Cornish and Bob Olley. That it now exists owes a huge debt to the vision and passion of Dr Robert McManners and Gillian Wales.
Over thirty years ago Robert and Gillian recognised the unique and powerful character of these magnificent works and began to collect examples directly from the artists. They have written several books about Mining Art including the definitive work on the subject “Shafts of Light”. This evening Robert and Gillian will share their passion, talk to us about the history of the art, the lives of the painters and the big question - why did the miners do it.
We’ll also be joined by staff from The Mining Art Gallery itself and some original examples of the art for us to enjoy up close. To complete the bill we’ll have Gareth Davies-Jones (who recently worked with The Mining Art Gallery to help people respond to the art in song), Bethany Elen Coyle and the North East Socialist Singers bringing us songs in response to the paintings and from the archive of the Mining Institute.