Prabhakar pachpute, Moonwalk, 2017 charcoal pencil on paper. Courtesy the artist

Prabhakar Pachpute will talk about his new site-specific commission at The Mining Institute in conversation with Festival Director Rebecca Shatwell and some of the contributors to his project from the coalfield areas of Durham and Northumberland.

Prabhakar Pachpute’s new site-specific installation is inspired by his visit to North East England and the empathy, solidarity and connection experienced by the artist in the coal mining areas of Durham and Northumberland.

Pachpute was born at Sasti Colliery in the Indian coal mining region of Chandrapur and his work is strongly informed by the working conditions, relentless excavation, unequal social development and land politics of his home state. His practice engages with the ethical, environmental and economic issues of extraction industries, which he has researched in mining regions across the world.

The new work will respond to the stories the artist heard whilst meeting ex-miners and mining communities in Easington, Ashington and Hirst alongside historical references from museums and sites including Beamish, Woodhorn, Durham Mining Museum and the Durham Miners Association. Working with drawing, sculpture and objects, Pachpute will construct a series of chapters across multiple rooms in The Mining Institute focusing on mining history, legacy and life in the coalfield areas today.

Artist Talk
Prabhakar Pachpute

FREE no booking required

Sun 4 March, 2.30-4pm

The Mining Institute

Neville Hall, Westgate Road