‘Pit Profiles: Re-profiled’ was the title of a touring exhibition of work by artists H. Andrew Freeth and Anton Want. The project was jointly funded by the National Coal Mining Museum for England and Arts Council England.
The project was inspired by the work of H. Andrew Freeth (1912 – 1986) who was himself commissioned, shortly after the coal industry was nationalised in 1947, to record miners across the coalfields. His on-the-spot drawings were published with miners’ biographical stories as ‘Pit Profiles’ in the NCB’s monthly magazine Coal, between 1947 and 1952.
Extending Freeth’s work, photographer Anton Want created a modern-day ‘Pit Profile’ series at Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire. Photography and oral history combine to provide new insights into working colliery life in the twenty-first century.
The exhibition ended its year-long tour of four venues with a showing at the National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Art Hotel produced graphic design and labelling for the touring exhibition as well as designing the book of Anton Want’s photographs, published to coincide with the exhibition.