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Ex-miners in BBC project

Patrick Murphy talks to Colin Parker as part of the BBC Great North Passion. Picture by Jason Thompson.

Patrick Murphy talks to Colin Parker as part of the BBC Great North Passion. Picture by Jason Thompson.

Tales from former miners will be brought to life in a specially commissioned piece of work being created in a BBC project this Easter.

As part of the BBC Great North Passion project, professional artists are collaborating with communities across the north east to create new work based on the themes in the Passion story.

Each artist will present their work in a shipping container in the community they are working in, which will then become the 12 Stations of the Cross in Bents Part in South Shields over the Easter weekend.

For south east Northumberland, artist Patrick Murphy has been commissioned, and he has met with ex-miners to generate material.

Patrick said: “As an artist and a Christian, the BBC Passion project is a very interesting commission.

“Working with communities in Ashington and ex-miners will inform both a sense of past and new hope for the future.

“My installation will reference the decline of industry and loss of jobs but also future hope and strength brought by today’s community groups.”

Rachel Adam, director of organising body bait, added: “The next few weeks will be exciting, as groups work with Patrick Murphy to create a brand new artwork in response to the themes of loss and resilience.”

 

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