The Ashington District Star Temporary Exhibition & Snake Encounter

@ Woodhorn From Now to March 6th 2016

The Ashington District Star was born in summer 2014. It is a photographic journal and newspaper produced by local people and photographic artist Julian Germain.

The project was inspired by the world renowned Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters), miners who made paintings about their everyday experiences from the mid 1930s – 1970s. The Star has enabled a new group of people, who formed an ‘editorial team’, to creatively respond to their environment and develop a contemporary body of work that imaginatively documents the Ashington area today.

Published in four editions between autumn 2014 and autumn 2015, the Star has been distributed directly to the public by the editorial team who have taken to the streets of Ashington to hand out the paper and engage people in conversation and encourage wider participation.

This exhibition draws together photographs from the Star, along with family albums and archive materials generously lent by local people, as well as original paintings by the Ashington Group. Over the course of the last year the newspaper has built a unique portrayal of the area and its history, shaped by the people who live here.


Snake Encounter

Also @ Woodhorn 13 February – 10 April 2016
Discover the secret world of snakes

Encounter amazing snakes from around the globe and find out fascinating facts about these mysterious creatures. For more information click here.

This post was written by: Hexham Photographic Society on 1st, February 2016