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Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark

Danum Gallery, UK

Drawing in the Dark is the largest exhibition to date of Moore’s coalmining drawings, completed in 1942 for the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.

When Moore was asked to record the coalminers working to power wartime Britain, he chose to visit the mine his father had worked in, Wheldale Colliery in Castleford, where he spent a week drawing from observation. Subsequently, he worked from memory to create the remaining drawings which were all completed within six months.

This fascinating body of work reveals the back-breaking labour endured by nearly 3/4 million miners as they made their vital contribution to Britain’s war effort, while also providing new insights into Moore’s life and artistic process.

Henry Moore sketching two miners, Jack Hancock and Friend Ward, setting up a tupping machine at Wheldale Colliery. Photo: Reuben Saidman
Henry Moore sketching two miners, Jack Hancock and Friend Ward, setting up a tupping machine at Wheldale Colliery. Photo: Reuben Saidman

Getting here

Danum Gallery

Library and Museum
Waterdale
Doncaster
DN1 3BZ

United Kingdom

T:  01302 734 315
E:  DGLAMenquiries@doncaster.gov.uk