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Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen Painters, ITV1 | reviews, news & interviews

Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen Painters, ITV1

Perspectives: Robson Green and the Pitmen Painters, ITV1

Miner's son revisits Ashington's colliery artists

Robson Green contemplates the legacy of the Northumbrian mining industry

The story of the Pitmen Painters, a group of Northumbrian miners who decided to study art appreciation in their spare time and developed into a group of untrained but powerfully expressive artists, has been documented in a book by William Feaver and a play by Lee Hall. Robson Green's particular interest in the story stems from the fact that he's a miner's son, brought up in Dudley, a few miles south of the pitmen's hometown of Ashington.

Considering these men had left school at 12 to go straight down the pit, and had never known a life outside Ashington, it suggested something almost mystical about art and creativity

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