A mining statue for Doncaster

Doncaster’s proud mining heritage will be honoured for years to come with an iconic town centre statue.

Individuals, businesses and organisations have been supporting the campaign through online pledges and donations at locations across the borough, an exhibition about the project in the summer attracted over 1,500 visitors. Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, is contributing part of her allowance over her four year term to help make the statue a reality and ensuring that an important part of our borough’s history and community gets the recognition it deserves.

The iconic piece of art will draw on the fascinating stories of our former miners and their families and when finished, will be located on Clock Corner easily accessible to Doncaster residents and visitors. It will be the first mining statue ever located in the town centre to keep these stories alive for our communities and future generations.

Acclaimed international artist/sculptor Laurence Edwards has been commissioned to design the artwork and met with hundreds of local people. The meetings have held extra significance as Laurence has sculpted the portraits of people from the various mining communities in wax while they have told their stories. These have then been cast in bronze and will be a part of the figurative, bronze mining statue.  
Now the fundraising target has been achieved, Laurence will start working on the mining statue in the new year and the finished piece of public art will be unveiled in autumn 2019.

There will be a total of 40 bronze portraits of local people from mining communities in the sculpture. 21 of these heads have already been created and Laurence Edwards was in Doncaster last week making six more portraits. Doncaster College filmed the new portrait sessions and these can be viewed via the Doncaster College YouTube page. Doncaster College will also be hosting another photo shoot to capture more local miners and their families. These photos will form part of an online archive, but with 13 heads still to be chosen there is still a chance of being picked to be included in the sculpture.

For more information about the project, please email culture@doncaster.gov.uk


A Rich Seam 

An exhibition of the designs for the miners statue was held at the Frenchgate Centre from Monday 9th July – 4 August 2018.

A Rich Seam article
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Open forum and artist talks at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and Doncaster College.

Laurence was able to listen to mining stories and look at any artefacts to help him devise the style and design of the artwork.

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 more please email culture@doncaster.gov.uk or call: 01302 734620.

Last updated: 05 February 2021 17:26:44