Summer at Woodhorn – Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing

Discover and celebrate Northumberland’s much-loved Ashington Group artists with a summer of exhibitions and events at Woodhorn Museum! The Ashington Group dates back to the 1930s, when a group of coal miners began learning about art. Within weeks, the miners were producing their own artwork, and, in time, their paintings became known for their unique record of working-class life within a Northern mining community.

Now, for Great Northumberland 2018, Woodhorn invites you to discover the artists, whose stories are rooted in our great County’s industrial, cultural and artistic heritage. The popular Ashington Group Gallery, which is a permanent fixture at Woodhorn, will be complemented by temporary exhibitions and events, starting NOW and running through to Sunday 16 September.


See Previously Unseen Works

Visitors are in for treat as, in Pitmen Painters: Unseen, previously unseen works by Ashington Group members have been loaned to Woodhorn from private homes and collections. For the very first time, works made later than those included in the Permanent Collection are being shown alongside works made at the very beginning of the project. Narbi Price, winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017, will also present his new body of work, entitled The Ashington Paintings.

“It was a privilege to meet the people who came forward with Pitmen Painters works, and I was touched by the openness, pride and generosity of everyone who shared their stories with me,” says Price. “This exhibition, together with the Permanent Collection, cements The Ashington Group’s position as unique, cerebral and passionate – both about art and life.”

Meet Ashington Group Trustee, Narbi Price

Visitors will have the chance to meet Price, who is an Ashington Group Trustee, on the weekend of the 18 and 19 August; to explore the story of the group in more depth. Price will lead walking tours of the connected exhibitions, talking about his wider artistic practice at 2pm each day. The tours are entirely free to attend, but booking is essential. 

Give Art a Go in our Pop-Up Ashington Group Hut!

During the Northumberland school summer holidays, everyone can have a go at making art! Get the family together and join in with artist-led experiences inspired by the very hut where the Ashington Group met to explore art, work and life.


 Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF