Brenda Burrell, Twenty Years Later at Decisive Moment Gallery

‘Brenda Burrell inhabits and documents the uneasy survival of a coastal pit village from the inside, its uniquely English architecture and vibrant, indefatigable people.

After a spirited struggle, the mine, one of the most productive in Europe, was finally closed in 1991, putting a whole community out of work, its buildings, and all surrounding supply industries shattered and then bulldozed.

The twenty intervening years has seen photographers Simon Norfolk, John Davies, Sirkka Liisa Konttinen and the Billy Elliot filmmaker Lee Hall walk the streets, comb the now beautiful deserted beaches, making art where the pit waste once was dumped.

This latest, ongoing series of works shows the younger inhabitants of the village twenty years after the pit was forcibly closed, those whose fathers were barely toddlers themselves during the days of coal, the neatly dressed windows and weather-washed streets embarking on a new century.’

The exhibition is at the Decisive Moment Gallery at Darlington Arts Centre until 17 December 2011. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12-6pm and Saturdays 10-4pm.

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