‘Pitmen Painters: Unseen’ brings together work by members of the Ashington Group on loan from private collections and items held in Woodhorn Museum’s collection not on permanent display.
This exhibition includes artwork created after the main Ashington Group Collection alongside works made at the very beginning of the project in the 1930s. Len Robinson’s Open Cast and Wansbeck Bridge illustrate the mechanisation of the mining industry and a key moment of infrastructure change in Ashington. William Scott’s iconic The Bedlington Terrier, featured prominently in Lee Hall’s renowned play The Pitmen Painters. It is exhibited here for the first time in almost fifty years.
‘It was a privilege to meet the people who came forward with Pitmen Painters works, and I was touched by the openness, pride and generosity of everyone who shared their stories with me. This exhibition together with the Permanent Collection, cements The Ashington Group’s position as unique, cerebral and passionate, both about art and about life.’ Narbi Price, 2018.
‘Pitmen Painters: Unseen’ is curated by artist, curator and Ashington Group Trustee, Narbi Price.
This exhibition is part of the ‘Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing’ summer season at Woodhorn Museum which celebrates and explores the story of Ashington’s Pitmen Painters. Find out more through our other event pages or the Woodhorn Museum website.
The ‘Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing’ summer season at Woodhorn Museum has been made possible through the support of Northumberland County Council, Arts Council England, The Ashington Group Trustees, Ashington Town Council, Newcastle University and The Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This season is part of The Great Northumberland Programme and Great Exhibition of the North ‘Inspired By’ programme