Mining Art Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

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Mining Art Gallery

Friday 13 October 2017 - Wednesday 1 January 2020
12:00 am

With three permanent galleries and one temporary exhibition space on the ground floor, the gallery explores working life in the coalmines through original artefacts and artwork from prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Using powerful imagery, the downstairs galleries will help visitors to understand what it felt like to work in the claustrophobic coalmines and shed light on why some miners felt it necessary to paint this dark and clamorous world. The upstairs galleries celebrate the diversity and strength of mining communities, through the stark contrast of riotous colour at Gala Day and the rich lives led by miners in their time above ground.

The Mining Art Gallery shares the experience of life underground and life in the community through eyes of the people who lived it. The Gemini Collection, now in its permanent home, is an artistic record of an industry and a memorial to a former way of life. The work displayed showcases the skill and creativity of these labourers and celebrates the achievements of the mining artists as a vital aspect of coalfield heritage.

Visitor information

Mining Art Gallery, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP

Getting here
With many transport routes coming through Bishop Auckland, there are methods of visiting us. See here

Opening times

Open daily from 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3.30pm

Mining Art Gallery and Auckland Tower will be open until 7pm on Friday, 7 December alongside the Christmas Market.

Christmas opening times
Closed Sun, 23 – Wed, 26 Dec
Closed Mon, 31 Dec and Tue, 1 Jan

Ticket prices

Adult: £5
Concessions: £4 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged)
Under 16s: £1
Groups: Pre-booked groups of more than 10 receive a discount of 15%

*Essential carers included within ticket price

More information on booking tickets for concessions, carers, groups and schools is available on our ticket pricing page. Proof of concessions will be required when purchasing your ticket. See here

Visitors visiting between Thursday, 27- Sunday, 30 December can receive free entry to Mining Art Gallery and Auckland Tower. As part of Heritage Lottery Fund’s national #ThanksToYou campaign, all you need to do is bring along a valid National Lottery ticket or scratch card.

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for up to one admission to the Mining Art Gallery only.
  • Admission to Auckland Tower is included in the ticket price to the Mining Art Gallery.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free entry, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of December. The Mining Art Gallery is open 10am to 4pm, last admission is a 3:30pm.
  • The Auckland Project has the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of venue reaching capacity, as well as unforeseen circumstances.

How to book

Pre-booking is only required for group bookings, otherwise there is no need to pre-book your ticket, you can buy one when you arrive.


We welcome disabled visitors and make sure that reasonable adjustments are made where possible. Please visit our accessibility page for more information or you can contact us on 01388 743 750.

Contact us

During office hours 9 -5 Monday to Friday, please contact us on 01388 743 750.


Please note that photography is not permitted inside the gallery. If you would like to request images for media use, please contact

Other Mining Art Attractions

If you’re interested in viewing more Mining Art in the local area, the Bob Abley Art Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall, hosts a large, permanent collection of Norman Cornish art.

Talks at Mining Art Gallery

13 Oct - 24 Mar Breaking Ground Exhibition

2 Jan - 6 Jan Christmas at Mining Art Gallery

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