The Pitmen Painters
22nd February – 2nd March 2019 at 7:30pm
An SDC Production
An engrossing true story by Lee Hall
Directed by John Sharp.
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the pitmen learned to become painters. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, and their work was taken for prestigious collections. Celebrated throughout the British art world yet they never gave up working in the mines surrounded by the harsh political realities of their social background.
“Richly funny, deeply moving and continuously entertaining” – (The Telegraph)