The UK has opened its first art gallery dedicated to mining art.
It comes only months after a giant ten metre tall puppet of a Cornish tin miner was paraded through the south of England to celebrate ten years of the region’s Unesco heritage status for its long mining history.
The 600,000 pound sterling Mining Art Gallery will host more than 300 pictures collected by mining art enthusiasts Bob McManners and Gillian Wales over the last two decades, according to the FT.
“Through imagery they tell us what it felt like to work in the coal mines, not simply what it looked like,” McManners told the FT.
“In this, mining artists are unique and we find no equivalent corpus of experimental art from the other heavy industries that flourished in the north-east in the 20th century.”