Auckland Lates – Night Shift

Auckland Lates – Night Shift

Thursday 17 May 2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mining Art Gallery

To mark Museums at Night, the Mining Art Gallery is hosting Auckland Lates – Night Shift, an opportunity to view the gallery outside of its normal opening hours.

The current temporary exhibition, The Bevin Boys – War’s Forgotten Workforce, pays tribute to some of the men conscripted to work in the mines during WWII. This is an opportunity to see first-hand the emotive collection, which commemorates 75 years since the Bevin Boys scheme began.

A special Bevin Boys talk will take place in the gallery at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm, included within the entry fee. These ten-minute talks will explore the artists and work on display.

All visitors will receive a free temperance cocktail, brewed by The Auckland Project’s catering apprentices. North East mining communities were strongly influenced by the Temperance movement in the early 20th century, when alcohol-free bars sprung up, including in Bishop Auckland.

Finally, visitors can enjoy music inspired by Mining Art. Last year, singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones led a series of workshops with community groups in Bishop Auckland, helping to capture their thoughts and responses to the paintings. Music will play upstairs in the gallery, where visitors can find out about the camaraderie and strong bonds of colliery towns and villages.

Museums at Night is a national campaign by Culture24 which invites all UK museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours.

Ticket prices

Adult: £4
Concessions: £3 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged)
Groups: (Must Pre-book)

*If a visitor requires another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted at no charge.


Mining Art Gallery

Talks at Mining Art Gallery

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16 Feb - 24 Feb Traditional Games