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  • New Mining Art Gallery Opens In Bishop Auckland

    A vision by Dr Robert McManners OBE and Gillian Wales has came to life as they've helped open the first of it's kind in the country, The Mining Art Gallery.  The gallery, situated in Bishop Auckland is dedicated to celebrate and preserve a unique part of our heritage. We attended the opening of the gallery last week, which displayed over 100 pieces of art, mostly from ex miners, including my dad Bob Olley, Tom McGuiness, Norman Cornish and many more.  These men, who spent their days working underground, the constant mixture of pit smell, black grease and sweat, and for...

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  • Sam Mendes Receives Robert Olley Caricature

    Another successful night at the annual South Shields Labour Lecture, where Sam Mendes was 2016 guest speaker

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  • St Hilda Colliery Banner

    In 2015 Bob designed this banner which was designed to commemorate the 175 years since a catastrophic explosion at St Hilda Colliery, South Shields, where 51 men and boys lost their lives.In 1839 candles were used to light areas of the pit. The explosion is said to have been caused by a current of gas from some of the wastes, reaching a lighted candle. The names of the men and boys killed in the devastating explosion can be found in the registers at St Hilda Church at the Market Place, the banner is also on display.

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  • Thank You - All The Way From Canada

    I would like to share this email with you from one of our customers, Shayne Baker, all the way from Canada..... Good Day Mr. Olley,  I hope that this e-mail finds you well.  I wanted to say thank you for the signed copies of the Geordie and Mackem Coats of Arms that my mother-in-law brought home for me.  Despite being born and raised in Canada, your artwork is very inspiring to me; my late father-in-law was a Geordie through and through and a collector of your works.  Whenever I see your prints or sculptures, it never ceases to remind me...

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  • The Dive, The Stripper, and The Beach Tent Make A Return

    The Dive Derby Street Baths, The Stripper and The Beach Tent were all painted between 1976 and 1978, and the originals were all sold pretty much straight away.   A lady got in touch a few weeks ago to tell us that The Stripper had been part of the pub they run in Sunderland for many years now and just recently thieves stole her from her home on the wall.  The landlord was devastated and wanted to know if she could be replaced.  We searched the archived transparencies and negatives and found her, along with her old mate from Derby...

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