Award Winning ‘Battle for Orgreave’ Filmmaker Opens New Exhibition, ‘Miners’ at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Artist, Yvette Vanson pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Great Strike of 1984-5 with a new exhibition, Miners, from 12 January – 26 April 2015 at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

The exhibition is intended to celebrate miners globally and commemorates the spirit of community witnessed by Vanson throughout her career. It explores the political and social questions surrounding the mining industry through portraits of miners around the world.

Having been one of the first women to go down Betteshanger Colliery in Kent in 1972, Yvette Vanson has a long association and first-hand experience of coal-mining communities; something which is reflected in her work. After retiring as a BAFTA winning filmmaker in 2000, she went on to exhibit her first major London show at Maestro Arts, in 2013 ‘Facing Threat’, later receiving Honorary Research Fellow/Artist in Residence at Birkbeck, University of London culminating in her exhibition ‘Breaking the Barriers to Freedom’.

Artist and filmmaker, Yvette Vanson comments,

“As with my films, I am driven by a desire to eradicate injustice and believe art and culture are powerful tools to help bring about change – be it personal or political.”

On 28 February, the exhibition will also feature a free screening of her ground-breaking film, The Battle for Orgreave’where she will be available for discussion along with other guests.

The award-winning documentary for Channel 4 was fuelled by the 1984 Rotherham ‘riot’, where many miners were charged and eventually acquitted for their part in the incident. ‘The Battle for Orgreave’, which is produced and directed by Yvette Vanson examines the trial as well as the economic and political aspects of the strike. Yvette Vanson took the miners back to the place where the confrontation with the forces of the state had happened on June 18 1984, enabling the miners to re-enact their own experience of that day making the film a powerful testimony of the miners’ story.

Gwendolen Whitaker at the National Coal Mining Museum for England comments,

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Yvette Vanson and her exhibition to the Coal Mining Museum; with such a powerful insight into the real lives of mining communities, it’s a fantastic way to start the New Year and celebrate the mining industry.”

Yvette Vanson’s portraits of miners, will be on sale throughout the exhibition.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Barr at Bonner & Hindley: laura@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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