First stages of the project. Delivery of the shipping container.
Meeting with miners who worked in and around Ashington at the time of the Miners Strike. Listen to an audio recording of them talking about their experiences above.
Starting to work with the Ashington community in a series of workshops.
Images of the Table, from being cut with a CNC machine to coming together in a finished piece.
A key ingredient in the live broadcast was the translation of the themes of the artwork into a ‘live’ performance. Patrick worked with theatre maker Annie Rigby and a group from Ashington Church of England Academy to create a positive chant; you can see the chant graphically presented large on the gallery walls.
Patrick wanted to illustrate lost tradition and industry by recreating a pounding rhythm created by clogs echoing the noise of industry. In the performance the beat stops but is replaced by the voices of the community. Clog dancer Brenda Walker and her group provided the rhythm on top of oil drums decorated by young people at Ashington YMCA with graffiti artist Andy Morley.
Exhibition at Woodhorn Museum. Home of the Pitman Painters Collection.
Other work in the exhibition references the idea of a picket line. Placards and braziers feature within the gallery space,but instead of messages about the miners strike we have messages written by today’s community that illustrate a passion for family, community, resilience and not giving up, often in times exhaustion and despair.
Scattered on the table and floor are Tally’s produced by the community. Tally’s were used by miners when clocking in and out of the pits, a form of identification. They often carried the miners number or name, here the messages are about hope, family and the Ashington community. All placards and tallys were produced at Ashington Childrens Centre by members of the community.
Shining through the exhibition is a neon artwork called ‘Hope’ this occupies a central role within the group of work pointing to a brighter future, where even in the darkest situations there is always a hope that things are getting better, and positive change is always around the corner.