The UK’s first gallery dedicated to mining art has opened, as part of a major regeneration project in Bishop Auckland.
Opened on October 21, the Mining Art Gallery explores the development of mining art and highlights its place within British art history.
The gallery displays the art of miners, showing life in pit communities and how they responded to conditions they faced underground.
It also showcases artists who created work influenced by mining, reflecting its national significance throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
There is a focus on the art of the Great Northern Coalfield, and works from the Spennymoor Settlement which is five miles from the gallery in Bishop Auckland.
The town grew significantly during the Industrial Revolution because of the rapid expansion of coal mining in the Durham area.
The gallery will offer a programme of educational activities and community events inspired by the artwork on display.
The Mining Art Gallery is situated within the Old Bank Chambers in Bishop Auckland’s Market Place and is part of The Auckland Project.
Based in Bishop Auckland, The Auckland Project – previously called Auckland Castle Trust – is working with the community and other key partners to develop a visitor destination of international significance.
Picture credit: The Auckland Project.