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Drawn from the Pits - exhibition of miners' art

About this activity

** We are opening the galleries, playground and nature trail on 19 May. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.

The exhibition is on Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021.
From the dark depths of the British mines a group of luminary artists emerged, depicting lives of mining communities in ways that could be compared to the likes of Picasso and Lowry. See how their experiences in the mine influenced their artwork, understand why they took to art and what role it played in their lives in this sneek peek at our upcoming exhibition.

The 6 artists featured here all worked as miners and their work draws upon their first-hand mining experiences. Their artwork is varied, from linocuts to lithographs, oils to charcoal drawings but they all allow us to glimpse into their working world and mining communities.

Each artist has a different background. Some remained in the industry all of their working life, others left either through ill-health or to pursue art professionally. All relatively unknown, their artwork provides us with a window on an industry that no longer exists, and a community that has changed beyond recognition. For them and many other miners, art provided a way to record both the difficult and positive aspects of working in the mining industry and living in its community.

Contacts

National Coal Mining Museum

Caphouse Colliery New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

01924 848806

Dates and venues

  • Sunday 28 February 2021 ,
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021 ,
  • Thursday 4 March 2021 ,
  • Friday 5 March 2021 ,
  • Saturday 6 March 2021 ,
  • Sunday 7 March 2021 ,
  • Wednesday 26 May 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Thursday 27 May 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Friday 28 May 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Saturday 29 May 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Sunday 30 May 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Wednesday 30 June 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Thursday 1 July 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Friday 2 July 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Saturday 3 July 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.
  • Sunday 4 July 2021 , Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 19th May to 4th July 2021. Visitors to the museum will need to pre-book a timeslot in advance. Timeslots are spaced at 10 minute intervals.

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