Saddleworth Players

The Pitmen Painters

Nov 24–Dec 1, 2018

Sponsored by Tanner Business Centre. 01457 872273

by Lee Hall

Exhibition: Diana Terry

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand the teachings of the professor, together they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art, as the pitmen learned to become painters. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.