New exhibition showcases famous artist who worked down the pits in Langley Mill

The work of an internationally famous artist who spent his early life down the mines in Langley Mill is set to be showcased in a new exhibition this month.

Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12:06 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12:06 pm
Erewash Museum will host the From the Pits to Paris: the works of George Bissill exhibition until November 19.

‘From the Pits to Paris’ showcases the work of George Bissell, who had strong links to the local area, and who was known for his landscapes and figurative paintings and woodcuts.

Some of his artworks are held by prominent public galleries, including the Tate.

The exhibition, being held throughout September and October at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston, pays tribute to the artist, who was sent down the mines at Langley Mill when he was 13 and who began displaying his early work with Ilkeston Arts Club.

He eventually rose to celebrated artistic heights in Paris.

This new exhibition includes work held by Erewash Museum and items from private collections including his original miners’ paintings, woodcuts, sketches and the original drawing of the lost Heanor School Mural –which Bissill created but was then destroyed in 1928 on the grounds of indecency.

Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for community engagement, Councillor Val Clare, said: “We expect this exhibition to be extremely popular and it is a major coup for our award-winning museum.

“It is a fascinating journey through the works and life of this incredibly talented artist.”

‘From the Pits to Paris: the works of George Bissill’ is on display in the Lally Gallery at Erewash Museum until November 19.