Artwork on show at Margins

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Artwork by ex-miner Bill Barden is currently on show at Wetherby-based Margins Bookshop’s Artspace.

From a very early age Barden remembers drawing everything on anything, even on the pavements where he lived in Barnsley.

Although he had dreams of pursuing this as a career, his mother got him a job in the local pit, following in the footsteps of his father.

Even down there he found opportunities to draw and even won mining art competitions.

After nine years he joined the Prison Service, where he worked for almost 28 years in the Physical Education Department. During this time he started to illustrate pamphlets and more. Barden still illustrates Health & Safety posters.

He said: “My own art is mostly about mining and the working class environment that I grew up in.”

The exhibition is at Margins, Church Street, 10am-2pm, Tuesday to Saturday.