Fine artists from Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield and beyond are producing a collection of works which will seek to record the atmosphere of the days of ‘King Coal’. From coal faced workers, child labour, comradeship, leisure activities, pit disasters and confrontations the exhibition will be a visual glimpse at aspects of coal mining in South Yorkshire and across Britain. Artworks will include a diverse selection of mediums including paintings, drawings, collages, sculpture and photography.
Organiser Derek Alport is working alongside Vicky Hilton, curator at Rotherham Old Market Gallery to pull together a fantastic show. The show will start on Saturday 18th November and will run until 9th December.
Derek and Vicky are now looking to open the invite for locals to get involved. Vicky said: “We want to include artworks from schools, community groups, unions and collectors. We want to showcase memorabilia, poetry, pictures and memories from the local people to help compliment the artworks on display.”
Many of the selected artists had grandparents who worked in the local coal industry, which makes the show very special. Organiser Derek added: “Although the exhibition will be chronological in parts, it will not hesitate to celebrate the soul of this massive industry which filled the lives of men and women who worked together, holidayed and pursued leisure activities together. This kind of community spirit was often the bi-product that only massive industries could and can create.”
If you’re an artist, part of a school or community group, pit band, a union or a private collector we want to hear from you. The work will be hung week commencing Monday 13th November and the preview will be held on Saturday 18th from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. All are welcome. If you would like to take part in the show please contact Vicky Hilton for more details on Vicky@omtc.org.uk or call 01709 829446.