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New Mining Art Gallery Announced

21 September 2016

This autumn, work will begin to convert the former Old Bank Chambers Building at 45 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, into a new Mining Art Gallery.

The gallery, due to open in August 2017, is the idea of Gillian Wales and Dr Robert McManners OBE, founders of the Gemini Collection of Mining Art, in partnership with the Auckland Castle Trust.

It will provide a permanent home for the renowned Gemini Collection, which includes works by prominent local mining artists Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish, amongst many others.

And, will also offer a wide range of opportunities to explore the history of mining and the impact it had, not just on those who worked there, but on the County Durham community as a whole.

Auckland Castle Trust is currently developing a programme of educational activities and community events to help residents engage with this heritage and plan to offer a number of volunteering opportunities within the gallery itself once work is complete.

Construction companies from across County Durham are now being urged to be a part of the team that brings the Mining Art Gallery project to life, with a tendering process beginning soon.

Any businesses interested in being part of this process are being asked to register with Karlamay Christensen at Auckland Castle Trust by emailing

Any other companies or individuals across the North East wishing to support the new gallery are being asked to contact the Trust’s Head of Fundraising, Jane Robinson, on

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