World of Glass: When the Pit Closed

When the Pit Closed - Alan Smith
When the Pit Closed - Alan Smith

Saturday 16 January – Friday 18 March 2016

When the pit closed… by photographer and writer Alan Smith is a Prototype Project from Round Two. Alan has produced a series of black & white photographic portraits taken with a vintage camera, each with a story charting the lives of the ex-pitmen. The exhibition will also include a musical score, composed by Andrew Smith and Craig Sergeant, commissioned to reflect the stories and portraits.

With the support of funding from Heart of Glass, Alan has spent the past year engaging with the ex-miners and says, “The town’s industrial heritage is important and to hear first-hand what it meant for those men to be part of the pit community, 25 years after the mine closed, brings it back to life. This has been a great opportunity for me to develop my practice further.”

When the pit closed… will be exhibited in the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery at The World of Glass from Saturday 16th January – Friday 18th March 2016.

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