Come and see exciting ideas for a mining statue for Doncaster in a new exhibition at the Frenchgate Centre (Unit 78 on the ground floor).
A Rich Seam will exhibit the developing ideas of acclaimed international artist/sculptor Laurence Edwards who has been commissioned to design an iconic piece of art drawing on the fascinating stories of our former miners and their families. When finished, it will be located in the Waterdale area, easily accessible to Doncaster residents.
The proposed art piece will celebrate Doncaster’s proud mining history and to help shape his designs, Laurence has met with hundreds of local people. The meetings have extra significance as Laurence has sculpted the portraits of people from mining communities in wax while they have told their stories. These will be cast in bronze and be a part of the figurative, bronze mining statue.
A Rich Seam will be an opportunity to also learn more about Laurence’s work and the journey of this exciting project. There will be chance to view a 10ft mock-up of the proposed design and some of the bronze heads will also be on display, as well as photographic portraits of the miners and their families. Students at Doncaster College have filmed the portrait sessions and there will be chance to view the films and see Laurence’s work in action.
A Rich Seam exhibition will be open from 9th July to 4th August, 10am – 4pm (closed Sundays) in Unit 78, Ground Floor, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster.
The exhibition also marks the launch of a Spacehive crowd funding campaign to raise £130,000 to meet the cost of the statue.
You can pledge online from as little as £2. No money will be taken before the campaign ends, and it is completely secure, so please rest assured that your money is safe and will go directly to the costs of the statue. Please visit the following link - Space Hive