To celebrate the launch of County Durham’s new Mining Art Gallery local communities across the area can enjoy a special introductory ticket offer.

Residents from Bishop Auckland, Crook, Spennymoor, Shildon and Weardale can visit the Mining Art Gallery for half price throughout October and November.

Opening on Saturday, October 21, the Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland is the first gallery of its size in the country, dedicated to mining art.

Featuring original artefacts and powerful artworks from some of the region’s mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish, the gallery explores the underground world of the coalmines and the unique community life of the colliery towns and villages that surrounded them.

And after the doors open to the public on Saturday, the usual full ticket price of £4 will be reduced to £2 for residents of postcode areas, DL4, DL13, DL14, DL15 and DL16. The half-price offer will run until Thursday, November 30.

Created by The Auckland Project in partnership with Dr Robert McManners OBE and Gillian Wales, the new gallery will provide a permanent home for the Gemini Collection of Mining Art which includes more than 420 works.

The gallery is located in Old Bank Chambers, Bishop Auckland Market Place and is open daily from 10am-4pm. Before discount, tickets are £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and free for under 16s, carers, Arts Pass holders and Historic Houses members.

Proof of address must be shown to use the half-price promotion, for more information visit: aucklandproject.org/news

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