The Pitmen Painters

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Nottingham Lace Market Theatre has a production of Lee Hall’s award winning play The Pitmen Painters this November.

The WEA is extremley proud of its association with the Pitmen Painters and our part in their development; this seems especially important to us now that the last painter Norman Cornish, has  died.

The background to the Pitmen Painters:

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In 1934 a group of Northumberland miners in Ashington attended a WEA evening class in art appreciation. Struggling to understand the paintings they were presented with, they began to paint the everyday things they saw around them. They produced some iconic artwork which gained national recognition. You can discover more about them here

Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot champions that culture should be available to all and tell the Pitmens’ story in this play. Funny, emotive and entertaining, the play examines the lives of their group of ordinary men who do extraordinary…

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Save Adult Education!

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Save Adult Education

This campaign is being led by the WEA, for and on behalf of everyone involved in adult and community learning in the UK.

The Government is currently preparing its Spending Review for the next 5 years and adult education is under threat. All non-protected departments, including Business, Innovation and Skills which funds the WEA work, have been asked by the Chancellor to suggest cuts of 25% and 40%.

Here’s how you can support the campaign:

1. Write to your local MP

• Find their contact details at
• Write to them by letter or email or contact them via social media.
• Write also to the Chancellor George Osborne at HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ or email:

2. Spread the word on social media

• Use ‪#‎saveadulteducation‬ on twitter and facebook, and tell the world about the positive impact adult education has had…

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