Pitmen Painters Inspired Summer Fun at Woodhorn Museum
This summer Woodhorn Museum is running a fabulous programme of exhibitions and family fun focusing on the famous Ashington Group or as they are often called, The Pitmen Painters.
A super range of family art activities inspired by The Pitmen Painters and the mining community heritage will be on offer throughout the summer holidays in the newly re-opened Woodhorn Colliery Cage Shop. This family programme will be running alongside the two exciting exhibitions featuring unseen work by the group and a new collection of work by Narbi Price, winner of Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017, inspired by the artists.
The former Colliery Cage Shop will provide a dedicated space for the summer art activities starting on Monday 23rd July with a workshop titled “Tally Ho!”. Young people will be able to enjoy creative activities and at the same time find out why miners had a tally and a lamp and why they were so important. Artist Louise Bradley will lead the fun as youngsters make their own lamp and tallies. Just as the miners did when they went underground, the children will take one tally home and leave another behind on the wall. This activity will run until Sunday 5th August.
“Fancy That!” will run from Monday 6th until Sunday 12th August. This will celebrate the tradition of keeping pigeons, and the Cage Shop will be transformed into a pigeon cree with young people working with staff to create a colourful flock of birds.
Miners and their families often grew their own vegetables either in the yard or on an allotment. Between 13th and 19th August, there’s an invitation to join artist Paul Merrick to build Woodhorn’s first allotment. Help is needed with the vegetables, and children will make awesome leeks, perfect peas or terrific tomatoes. “What a Whopper!”
Attention turns to music from 20th August when young people are invited to come along and make an instrument linking to the brass band heritage, and then rounding the summer off from the 27th August, the focus will be on making posters or placards reminiscent of the Miners’ banners on display at Woodhorn.
These inspiring family activities which are on 11am – 3pm each day are all free of charge to Woodhorn Members, and with a 12-month, unlimited return membership costing no more than £7 (children are free), the changing programme is a great reason to come back several times over the summer.
The 'Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing' summer season at Woodhorn Museum has been made possible through the support of Northumberland County Council, Arts Council England, The Ashington Group Trustees, Ashington Town Council, Newcastle University and The Arts & Humanities Research Council.
This season is also part of The Great Northumberland Programme and Great Exhibition of the North 'Inspired By' programme.
|Monday||20/08/2018||Sunday||26/08/2018||11:00 - 15:00|
|Daily from 11:00 to 15:00.|
|Monday||27/08/2018||Sunday||02/09/2018||11:00 - 15:00|