An exhibition of art inspired by the famous Ashington Group, and an exhibition of unseen work by the artists also known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’, is certain to draw audiences to Woodhorn Museum from across the region and beyond.
Curated by Narbi Price, winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017, ‘Pitmen Painters Unseen’ has brought together a collection of paintings by the Ashington Group, the majority of which have never been on public display.
The unseen works include paintings by founding member Oliver Kilbourn and Ashington Group members Len Robinson, Jack Harrison, Jimmy Floyd and Fred Laidler.
Len Robinson’s ‘Wansbeck Bridge’ is one of the Group’s later paintings, produced in 1975. William Scott’s 1936 painting, ‘The Bedlington Terrier’, was originally purchased for just £2.00 at The Laing Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It was gifted to the renowned writer Janet Adam Smith in 1938 and has not been publicly exhibited for 50 years.
Running alongside ‘Pitmen Painters Unseen’ is an exhibition of new work by Narbi Price. Narbi’s paintings explore the changing landscape of the world’s ‘Biggest Mining Village’, the one that provided the inspiration for all the Pitmen Painters’ work.
‘Pitmen Painters Unseen’ and ‘The Ashington Paintings’ are at Woodhorn Museum until Sunday 16th September 2018. Entry is free for children aged 0-16 and £7.00 for adults. Concession tickets are priced at £6.00. All passes are valid for unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of issue. For more information, visit experiencewoodhorn.com.