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Shafts of Light

11th September - 28th November 2010

No other industry inspired such a great corpus of art as mining. Formal commissioned images of mines exist from the 18th century, but Shafts of Light focused on the extraordinary 20th century movement of experiential mining art, the miner speaking for himself through his paintings.

The Great Northern Coalfield – was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution. Not only was this the most productive coalfield, a ready source of fuel spawned many other heavy industries. Shipbuilding, marine and heavy engineering, bridge building and railway locomotive manufacture, iron and steel making, armaments and hydraulics, turbine and electricity generator construction all became prominent forces in the North East’s industrial thrust.

This was produced in partnership with: Woodhorn Museum, Bob McManners and Gillian Wales