A Miners Day tactile artwork commissioned by Leicester Arts as part of the held in the hand project for use by dementia patients.
An artistic response to the experiences of miners in Leicestershire through exploration of everyday items that formed parts of the world of mining.
The main body of the artwork is made from materials from traditional British Coal donkey jackets and miner’s overalls.
As the artwork is unfolded it reveals object used unique to miners; an overall pocket contains tally’s that were a simple yet vital way to record who was working in the mine and ensure safety, the work boot unlaces to reveal the ubiquitous tool belt attached to which is a shot firers key: a special ‘penknife’ like tool used to prime and detonate explosives.
The ‘kit bag’ that forms the center of the work is made from conveyor belt material and is inspired by a satchel bag made by miners in a similar way that is part the Leicestershire Museum collection, it contains a working miners headlamp and piece of coal.
The final section explores the miner’s return to everyday life representing the communal showers, contrasting footwear and NCB safety promoting beer mats.