Publication Date: 03/04/2008 ISBN: 9780571242276 Category:

The Pitmen Painters

Lee Hall

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 03/04/2008 ISBN: 9780571242276 Category:
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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, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

The Pitmen Painters premiered at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in September 2007, before transferring to the National Theatre in 2008.

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