Rossington Labour Club was formed in the 1960’s to provide a social centre for both men and women, within the expanding mining community. Today, the committee continues to take a progressive outlook and welcomes the opportunity to showcase visual art exhibitions.
Building on a successful 2013 Art Take Over, Rossington based artists Caroline and Adam Ogden, in collaboration with seven other artists, are bringing a poignant exhibition titled ‘What’s Left?’ exploring the legacy of the South Yorkshire Mining industry.
Work from the project’s previous years have already been exhibited at the UK’s National Mining Museum and are now part of their permanent collection. It has also been the subject of an Arts Council sponsored presentation at Impressions Gallery in Bradford. Most recently it was exhibited at Doncaster’s Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition continues to develop and work developed in Rossington will be incorporated into it.
The exhibition will feature painting, drawing, photography and sculpturing and will take place from 22nd May to 5th June.
On the event, Adam Ogden said: “The opening day will be packed with creative activity and events, all of which have a contemporary focus. The day starts with an open photographic studio, collecting images and comment from people of all ages effected by the events of 1984. This will be followed by practical drawing sessions for everyone to get involved in. A series of short talks will then be given by local artists. The day culminates in open discussion following the screening of the ‘Docufest’ award winning film ‘Still The Enemy Within’.
Thanks to the generosity of the Labour Club the events are free and anyone will be welcome to attend. Martin Pick comments: “It offers a real opportunity for contemporary art lovers and those with an interest in social history to meet share ideas and build creative collaborations.”
Here’s what to expect on the 22nd of May, the opening day of the event:
11:00 to 12:30 Art for the Scared – Portraits from Rossington
13:30 to 14:30 What’s Left? Open Studio – Tell Your Story
15:00 to 17:00 Artists Stories 15 min from each
18:30 to 20:30 Introduction then screening of the film “Still the Enemy Within”
20:30 onwards Open discussion
Participating artists who are all members of Doncaster’s ‘New Fringe’ art group, are: Steve Bates, Adam Berry, Rachel Horne, Adam Ogden, Madeline Pick, Martin Pick, Cheryll Kinsley Potter and Evan Wood.
Anyone serious about the arts and developing the arts scene in Doncaster is welcome to join the New Fringe, its easy to do on line and costs only £5.00 per year: http://doncasternewfringe.wordpress.com
Still The Enemy Within is an award winning documentary giving a unique insight into one of social history’s most dramatic events the1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. Thirty years on, it depicts the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. Following the highs and lows of that life-changing year.