Before and After Coal: Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
Anne Lyden, Nicky Bird, Robin Baillie
Page count:
32 printed pages , 24 illustrations
17 x 17 cm

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Expected release date is 30th Apr 2024

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The voices of mining communities across Scotland fill the pages of this booklet, reflecting the strength and spirit of towns where families measure time as being ‘before and after coal’. To accompany the exhibition Before and After Coal | Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities, at the Portrait gallery, from Sat 23 Mar 2024 - Sun 15 Sep 2024.

In 1982 Milton Rogovin travelled from the USA to Scotland to photograph miners and their families. Within two years of his visit, miners were on strike to protest pit closures. Now, over 40 years later, the artist Nicky Bird has followed in his footsteps to meet people across Fife, Ayrshire and the Lothians with stories to share. Their words and memories inspired Bird to create powerful new photographs which feature here along with Rogovin’s original works.

Not published yet. Expected release April 2024.