Mining history brought to life in South Shields artwork

Louise Barbe with artist Marks Burns Cassell at the unveiling of the mining heritage mosaic at Action Stations.
Louise Barbe with artist Marks Burns Cassell at the unveiling of the mining heritage mosaic at Action Stations.
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The mining history of a part of South Tyneside has been immortalised in art.

Members of the Boldon Lane Action Stations joined forces to create a mosaic depicting scenes from the former Harton pit.

There was a great mix of people involved in the project

Louise Barbe

The work was put together with the help of funding from the Cultural Spring and now takes pride of place in the entrance of the Boldon Lane venue.

Louise Barbe, co-ordinator at Action Stations, said: “It was lovely to see everyone come together to create this piece.

“It has been designed by the learners and created by the learners.

“There was such a great mix of people involved in the project and they have taken such pride in having their work displayed in this way.”

The project took a number of weeks to complete and involved learners researching the history of the mining heritage supported by artist Mark Burns Cassell.

Images were collected and then traced by the learners.  

The group went on to make their own tiles with the images they’d collected before they smashed them up to create the mosaic.

Louise added: “From start to finish this has been learners led and they have taken great pride in their work.

“It has also brought back a lot of memories for people who remember what Boldon Lane was like when Harton mine was here.

“Being successful in the grant funding was so important in allowing us to be able to be able to take part in what is a real community project.”