New exhibition explores coal history

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Coal (still), 2014. Courtesy the artists and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Coal (still), 2014. Courtesy the artists and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
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The story of coal and its impact on society and the environment will be told through a new audio-visual work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the new year.

Entitled ‘Song for Coal’, the exhibition explores the physical and cultural properties of coal and takes a form based on the apocalyptic rose window of Sainte Chapelle, Paris.

Broken down into 152 separate panels, each section of the rose hosts an individual film, and is accompanied by a plainsong based on The Coal Catechism by William Jasper Nicolls.

The exhibition, which coincides with the end of the 30-year anniversary of the UK miners’ strike, is a collaboration between Barnsley-born artist Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, of Macclesfield. It will run in St Bartholomew’s Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from January 10 until April 19.