Long Reads

The story behind the Mining Art Gallery

Portrait of Gillian Wales and Robert McManners, showing Tom Lamb, Having a Nap, 2006 (left) and Ted Holloway, Testing for Gas, 1956 (right)

A shared passion for art made by miners, particularly those from Northeast England, led two friends to collect hundreds of works and, through the Auckland Project, create the Mining Art Gallery.

A version of this article first appeared in the winter 2022 issue of Art Quarterly, the magazine of Art Fund.  

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William Hindmarsh, The Lonely Hewer, date unknown
© William Hindmarsh, Courtesy the Auckland project

Like what you’re reading? There are plenty more long reads to enjoy.

Ted Holloway, The Bevin Boys, 1964
© Estate of Ted Holloway, Courtesy the Auckland Project
Janet Buckle, Hayroyds Colliery, 2009
© Janet Buckle, Courtesy the Auckland Project
Norman Cornish, The Darts Player, date unknown
© Norman Cornish Limited, Courtesy the Auckland Project

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