One Year! Photographs From The Miners Strike 1984/5

Exhibition Presented By The Martin Parr Foundation In Bristol

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Date: to , 2024
Price: Free/Various
Note: This event was not organised by BRHG.
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ONE YEAR! The Strike goes to Whitehall poster and SAVE OUR PITS, SUPPORT THE MINERS’ STRIKE poster, photos by G.M. Cookson & John Harris. From the MPF collection.

The Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) is presenting a valuable exhibition of photographs & ephemera to mark the 40th anniversary of the Miners Strike 1984/5: One Year! Photographs from the Miners Strike 1984/5. The exhibition will run from 18 January to 31 March 2024, at the MPF building at 316 Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3AR (check this page for map, access, transport etc)

Alongside the exhibition wil be a series of events – see here for tickets – of which the following are recommended:
18 January, 6-8pm, Free: One Year! Exhibition party and launch.
31 January at 6.30pm, £6-8: Jeremy Deller film screening and in conversation – screening Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), 2001, 62 minutes.
5 February at 6.30pm, £4-6: John Harris and John Sturrock – Artists Talk – 2 photographers who chronicled the miners strike

The following explainer comes from the MPF exhibition website:

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the miners’ strike this exhibition will look at the vital role photographs played during the year-long struggle against pit closures, including many materials drawn from the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The miners’ strike was one of Britain’s longest and most bitter disputes, the repercussions of which continue to be felt throughout the country today.

The industrial action, which began in Yorkshire, was led by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its President, Arthur Scargill, against the National Coal Board (NCB). The Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher opposed the strikes and aimed to reduce the power of the trade unions.

Ephemera relating to the strike – including posters, vinyl records, plates, badges and publications – will be placed in dialogue with work by photographers who documented the events in 1984-85. Collectively, the materials demonstrate the power and the contradictions inherent in using photography as a tool of resistance.
The exhibition will include photographs by Brenda Prince, John Sturrock, John Harris, Jenny Matthews, Roger Tiley, Imogen Young and Chris Killip, as well as photo albums compiled by Philip Winnard who was himself a striking miner. These works will be displayed alongside archival press prints also from the Martin Parr Foundation collection and vernacular images taken by Swansea police on a trip to a picket line in Derbyshire, on loan from the National Museum Wales.

This exhibition is curated by Isaac Blease, and accompanied by a programme of events to hold discussions around the role of photography in the miners’ strike.

For further information please explore the Martin Parr Foundation website.

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