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Artist’s Daughter Joins Gallery Team

31 July 2017

A County Durham woman with a very personal link to the region’s mining heritage will be sharing her stories with visitors at the new Mining Art Gallery.

Corinne Aspel is the daughter of acclaimed mining artist, Tom McGuinness and has joined a team of 45 volunteers who will welcome visitors to the Mining Art Gallery when it opens on October 21.

The gallery is being created in partnership with Dr Robert McManners OBE and Gillian Wales, founders of the Gemini Collection of Mining Art and will feature their collection of more than 420 works including local artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Corinne, who lives in Bishop Auckland, is one of a dedicated team of volunteers who will man the gallery alongside ACT staff.

 She said: “I’m really excited to be a part of it and for people to come and appreciate not just dad’s work but the work of other important mining artists.”

The gallery, which is also supported by a number of charitable funds, will celebrate the history of mining and the impact it had on the region as a whole.

For further details about volunteering click here or email michele.armstrong@aucklandcastle.org

Photo caption, (L-R): Corinne Aspel with ACT Head of Volunteering Michele Armstrong. Photo: Barry Pells.

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