The Miners' Strike

Paintings © Ken Currie, Reproduced courtesy of The People's Palace, Glasgow


The miners' strike of 1984/85 is portrayed on the left of the final image; a recent event illuminating both the past and the future.

The men are shown looking to the future with the women behind them both literally and metaphorically. The green banner at the back is of the "Pit Women's Support Group".

As the men look forward it is the lights on their helmets which make it possible to see the banner of the future, although it has yet to be unfurled.

Why do you think the artist has portrayed the miners and the future in this way?

What is he saying?

Why is so much of this section of the panel filled with light but showing no detail?

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