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Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen PaintersCaution

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Robson Green, the son and grandson of miners, returns to his Northumberland roots to explore the true story of the group of pitmen who gathered together in 1934 for an art appreciation class and subsequently became celebrated artists themselves. It is this story which also inspired playwright Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot, to write his recent stage hit The Pitmen Painters. In the small town of Ashington, miners turned to art as a pastime, aided by tutor Robert Lyon, a master painter from Durham University. Lyon wanted the men to paint the world which they knew, stressing the importance of looking at everything that surrounded them and of trying to register its significance and interest. Although the artists were almost untrained professionally, the pitmen painters set out to capture the lives of the communities that they and their families knew - from hewing at the coalface to peering into the kitchen where the wives baked bread.

Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen Painters
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  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Released: 08 May 2011

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