New photographic exhibition is open

Fish and Chips. Picture by Ashington District Star 2015.

Fish and Chips. Picture by Ashington District Star 2015.

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An exhibition of work by a photograpic journal in Ashington, has open at Woodhorn Museum.

The Ashington District Star is produced and edited by photographic artist Julian Germain in collaboration with local people and photographers.

Inspired by the renowned the Pitmen Painters, local miners who explored their lives, their surroundings and culture through visual art, the Star offers a contemporary reflection of life in Ashington.

The exhibition marks the end of an 18 month long project, which began when Julian first explored the Ashington Group paintings and recreated them as images capturing modern scenes.

Local people responded to appeals to be part of those photographs.

Julian worked with bait and Northumberland College to form a team who were interested in creating their own images and publishing them in a new newspaper, the Ashington District Star.

The Ashington District Star exhibition features images created by Julian Germain in the first phase of the project, including Fish and Chips and The Christmas Tree alongside images created by the editorial team.

Julian Germain said: “I first visited Ashington a few years ago and came across the famous Ashington Group paintings that are in Woodhorn Museum, and from that moment, I thought I’d love to be working in Ashington with those paintings.”

For more details on opening times and how to visit, www.experiencewoodhorn.com or call (01670) 62445.