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Gemini Collection Gifted For October Launch

6 July 2017

Two Mining Art enthusiasts from County Durham are donating almost their entire collection to the new Mining Art Gallery, opening on October 21 2017.  

Dr Robert McManners OBE and Gillian Wales have spent the past 20 years amassing a wide range of paintings, prints, and drawings showing life in the mines and the communities surrounding them.

Now, to ensure this unique aspect of the North East’s industrial heritage can be preserved and enjoyed more widely, the duo are donating more than 420 pieces from their Gemini Collection of Mining Art to Auckland Castle Trust’s dedicated Mining Art Gallery.

At the gallery’s heart will be works from Bob and Gillian’s extensive collection, many from the Great Northern Coalfield, including the Spennymoor Settlement.

These works, by artists including Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish, will be complemented by examples from The Ashington Group, based in Northumberland, as well as mining artists working across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Wales.

The new Mining Art Gallery will also offer a strong learning and engagement programme, designed to help visitors engage with the works and the heritage behind them.

Auckland Castle Trust is currently recruiting for volunteers to help within the gallery, for more information please click here.

The Mining Art Gallery will open on October 21 2017.

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