The Pitmen Painters

WEA Courses Across Notts

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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