Ex-Miner’s art to go on display

A FORMER miner from Ashington’s artwork is being displayed at one of the region’s most prestigious galleries.

Bill Hindmarsh, 68, who began his working life in the coalfields of Northumberland before moving to Durham, draws on his experience of life underground for inspiration.

Winning a National Coal Board competition as an 18-year-old apprentice electrician in 1961, Bill’s first oil painting was sold to Mathias and Spencer & Sons, manufacturers of coal cutting equipment, and the prints were circulated worldwide.

A former member of the famous Ashington Group of painters, Bill, who was born in Ashington and now lives in Durham, fulfilled his lifetime’s ambition to become a professional artist in 2000.

He has since exhibited work throughout the region as well as further afield in the likes of the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

The event runs until Sunday, March 18 at Grey College, Durham.

Bill said: “I’m proud to be one of a decreasing band of mining artists that still draws on inspiration from his time down the mines.”

Organiser Henry Dyson said: “Bill’s work is an eclectic mix of subjects and media and is stunning.

“Given the excellent reputation Grey has now acquired as an exhibiting venue we are delighted to be featuring his paintings.”

The exhibition is open to the public, with all paintings for sale, and viewing is available seven days a week between 10am to 6pm.

For more details contact the college reception on (0191) 334 5900 or e-mail grey.reception@durham.ac.uk