Painters’ ‘unseen’ work finally on show

Anne Bacon, conservator and Ashington Group Trustee, working on  The Bedlington Terrier which will be featuring in Pitmen Painters Unseen at Woodhorn. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Anne Bacon, conservator and Ashington Group Trustee, working on The Bedlington Terrier which will be featuring in Pitmen Painters Unseen at Woodhorn. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Woodhorn Museum will be putting the famous Ashington Group of Artists at the heart of its summer programme with an exciting new exhibition.

The latest display of the artists’ work is curated by Narbi Price, winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017.

The majority of works included in Pitmen Painters Unseen have never been on public display and many have been sourced from the community where the artists formed in the 1930s.

In advance of the exhibition, one particularly eye-catching work of art, The Bedlington Terrier, has returned to the area to receive the special attention of art conservator and Ashington Group trustee Anne Bacon.

Hours of delicate cleaning have removed decades of dust and dirt to reveal colours as fresh and vibrant as when the paint was first applied.

Anne said: “This particular painting has been wonderful to work with. The painstaking process has revealed the true colours beneath 80 years of accumulated grime.”

You can see The Bedlington Terrier close up and in glorious colour when Pitmen Painters Unseen opens at Woodhorn Museum on Saturday, May 26.