An artist is searching for a family from Ashington to help recreate an iconic painting from the 1950s as a modern photograph, as part of a new project in south east Northumberland.
Julian Germain, a celebrated photographer, whose work has been exhibited internationally, is working on this project over the next year exploring paintings by the Ashington Group of Pitmen Painters.
Julian’s project coincides with the 80th anniversary in 2014 of the Ashington Group forming.
For the first stage of the project, Julian has worked with the Northumberland Archives team at Woodhorn to research paintings from the Ashington Group collection.
One painting, The Xmas Tree by Harry Wilson (c1950) has caught Julian’s attention and he would like to recreate this painting as a photograph using a family who live in Ashington today.
Julian said: “The Ashington Group paintings are about ordinary working people and their everyday lives.
“I’ll be using the Ashington Group collection held at Woodhorn Museum as the inspiration and starting point to reflect on the past and to create a contemporary view of Ashington people today.
“The Xmas Tree, by Harry Wilson, features a large Ashington family sitting around the breakfast table at Christmas time.
“It’s a busy, festive, domestic scene – three whippets, five children including a toddler and a baby which the mum has just been feeding or is about to feed.”
Julian would like to photograph a family from Ashington in their home before Christmas and is asking families to get in touch.
The photograph will be part of a future exhibition and any families who take part will have their own copy to keep.
To take part email email@example.com or call (01670) 620275.