Four new exhibitions open at Unity+Works, Wakefield,
Friday 19 February 11.00am
SOLIDARITY and the 1984/85 MINERS’ STRIKE
Twenty six panels created by the TUC Resources Library.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY and the MINERS’ STRIKE
Photos by JOHN STURROCK and STEFANO CAGNONI (Report Digital) and MARTIN JENKINSON.
MUSIC and the MINERS’ STRIKE
An exhibition created by Pierre Bouquet and previously shown at Rock‘n’Coal, an event held in Oignies, at the heart of the former French mining area, in March 2015.
Photos by PETE DUNWELL of musicians including Billy Bragg who link their music with politics and protest.
These exhibitions highlight key themes of the With Banners Held High event. One is the inspiring but largely unknown story of the scale and scope of international solidarity and support for the miners in the form of food, money, toiletries, toys and holidays abroad for the children of striking miners. The other is the way musicians supported the miners’ strike. The exhibitions will be complemented on 5 March by workshops and speakers from Europe who were active in this solidarity action.
Granville Williams, who has organised the exhibitions, said, ‘These exhibitions provide new perspectives and insights into the miners’ strike. Some of the photographs will be totally new to people because they were not published at the time of the strike. I came across many of them during my research for the book PIT PROPS. The exhibitions are profoundly moving, giving us real insights into how people from literally around the world responded to the hardships the miners, their families and communities endured during the year-long strike.’
The exhibitions are free and available to view during Unity+Works opening hours.
Tickets for the With Banners Held High daytime event at: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/with-banners-held-high-2016/
And for the evening fund-raising event: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/the-farm/