A mining statue for Doncaster

Doncaster residents are being asked to help shape a top quality piece of public art which celebrates the town’s proud mining heritage.

Acclaimed artist Laurence Edwards has been commissioned to devise an artwork which represents each of Doncaster’s former mining communities and what mining meant to the whole borough.

It will be displayed in a prominent location in Doncaster town centre which is easily accessible to Doncaster residents.

A series of consultation events were held in November where people came along to find out how Laurence plans to create the design. Thank you to everyone who attended.

At these events, Laurence talked people through how he works and his guiding vision. To help finalise the look and feel of the piece, Laurence will choose one person to represent each of the mining communities who he will meet again to have in-depth discussion about their memories and what mining meant to them.  A wax mould of each of these individuals faces will also be created as part of the design process, which will then be cast in bronze to create a limited edition set.

Don't worry if you couldn't make one of the events as we plan is to have an open forum in the New Year where people from across the borough can come along to find out the latest and get involved in this exciting project.

The final design will be revealed in spring 2018 at a special exhibition.

A crowd funding campaign will be launched to raise the funding required for the statue. Watch this space for further details. 

Open forum and artist talks

A special open forum is taking place at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery On Tuesday 23 January between 1 and 2.30pm. Here Laurence will listen to mining stories and look at any artefacts to help him devise the style and design of the artwork.

Laurence will also be giving a talk after the open forum at the Museum about his work and his creative thoughts so far.

Anyone can simply turn up for the forum, free tickets need to be booked for the talk from 2.30 to 4pm at: Talk at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery 

Another talk is also lined up at Doncaster College during the evening starting at 6pm. To book a spot for this session click on the following link: Artist talk at Doncaster College starting at 6pm on Tuesday 23 January 

Details of Doncaster's former mines are set out in the document below:

Doncaster Mining Heritage factsheet
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We want as many people as possible to be part of this project and help make it a reality. To find out about more please email: culture@doncaster.gov.uk or call: 01302 734620


Last updated: 16 January 2018 16:35:16