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HARRY MALKIN: BACK TO COAL

2nd February to 25th May 2008

"I started at Fryston colliery two weeks after leaving school aged 15 and went on until I was 35," writes Harry Malkin. "The big miners strike of 1984-85, the closure of the pits, and the subsequent redundancy money gave me the time and impetus to carve out another way of life.
"I have always drawn and made things for as long as I can remember, it is the way I communicated from a very early age. The work is regarded by fellow workers as a good rendition of the trials, tribulations and conditions that went unseen by the general populace.
"Long gone are the queues of hunched up men waiting under smog-filled skies for buses-to-work at four and five in the morning. The tools of our trade are exhibited in museum cases and, like mining itself, the art which truly reflects it is also becoming a finite body of work as memories fade and those who experienced it grow fewer."
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