Shafts of Light Lecture
17 May, 2.30, Free with Admission
Why did coalminers paint the mines? Mining artists and professional artists alike have been mesmerised by the visual impact of coalmining and have produced a body of work the like of which is found in no other industry. This talk by curators, Dr Robert McManners and Gillian Wales explores the potential reasons for this phenomenon, in relation to the artists featured in the exhibition.
28, 29, 30 May, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Explore the new Shafts of Light exhibition with a children’s trail before handling replica mining artefacts and creating something to take home.
Wednesday 28th: Miner Lamp
Thursday 29th: Miner Helmet
Friday 30th: Pit Ponies
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for these events.
17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 2.30
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Paintings, Emma House, for an introduction to this exhibition.
3 July, 2.30, Free with Admission
Born in 1926 in County Durham, Tom McGuinness, a largely self taught artist, worked in mining for 39 years. He could not have envisaged that in his later days he would be recording the demise and social aftermath of a once great and seemingly indestructible industry. Join curators, Dr Robert McManners and Gillian Wales, to learn more about this fascinating and prolific artist.
Making Miner Banners
5 August, 10.30 - 3.00, Free with Admission
Explore the Shafts of Light exhibition and try making a banner like those of the miners in the paintings. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
The Way to the Better: Norman Cornish and the Spennymoor Settlement
4 September, 2.30, Free with Admission
Join curators Dr Robert McManners & Gillian Wales and explore the influence and legacy of the Spennymoor Settlement on mining art.