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Proggy Queen

£125.00

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Museums Northumberland presents ‘Northumberland Folk’, a series of four new exhibitions by illustrator Jonny Hannah with most of the artworks in the exhibitions for sale.

The exhibition runs until the 31st of October and we will be in touch about when you will be able to collect your purchase (shipping is not included in the price but we can provide courier contacts for you to arrange independently). We will be able to give you more detail of exact dates nearer the time but collection dates will likely be before December 2021.

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  • Painted cut out
  • Image of work in the Northumberland Folk Exhibition at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery 19.05.2021 to 31.10.2021

I’m convinced we all have a creative streak in us. But many don’t pursue it, or are told at school age that it’s not worth bothering with anymore, & how you should get a ‘proper’ job instead.

But the long, rich heritage of proggy mat makers (look at the pitmen painter, Oliver Kilbourn’s ‘Progging the Mat’ masterpiece), common amongst mining communities is a fascinating one.

Akin to the American quilt making heritage, this process has both a practical & aesthetic function. And although deep mining has gone, the mats are still around, kept alive by folks like Proggy Queen Gladys Aynsley.

So I commissioned Gladys to make me a mat, to celebrate my Darktown Miners Social Club. And you too can enjoy this masterpiece, at Woodhorn for the duration of my exhibition.

After that, I’ll happily take my prized piece back to Darktown with me, for all to enjoy there…