Mining Art Gallery

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Mining Art Gallery

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

Mining Art Gallery

After months in the making, the Mining Art Gallery opens on Saturday 21 October. It will transform the former Old Bank Chambers in Bishop Auckland Market Place, providing a permanent home for the North East’s largest collection of Mining Art.

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

Opening times

The gallery opens to the public on Saturday 21 October 2017.
Open daily from 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3.30pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

Ticket prices

Adult: £4
Concessions: £3 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged)
Under 16s: Free
Carers: Free
Groups: Buy 10 and get the 11th ticket free
Arts Pass/ Historic Houses members: Free

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

How to book

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 appropriate and possible. Please visit our accessibility page for more information or you can contact us on 01388 743 797.

Contact us

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm please call The Auckland Project reception on 01388 743 797.


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