Help to shape mining sculpture

Sculptor  Laurence Edwards has been commissioned to create a public art monument to Doncaster's miners. His draft design is pictured behind him
Sculptor Laurence Edwards has been commissioned to create a public art monument to Doncaster's miners. His draft design is pictured behind him
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PEOPLE from a South Yorkshire town are being invited to share their memories of the mining industry and showcase memorabilia to help shape a new piece of public art celebrating its heritage.

Acclaimed artist Laurence Edwards will be giving a talk at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday about plans for the artwork, and is inviting people to share their stories at an open forum to help him devise the final design for the piece, which is set to be revealed in the spring.

Doncaster Council then intends to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help meet the cost of the statue, which will be placed in the town centre.

Doncaster’s head of libraries and culture, Nick Stopforth, said: “We are asking people to come along and share their mining related stories, fond memories and show us any related memorabilia which will help our artist – Laurence Edwards – capture what mining meant to Doncaster residents in his design.”

The open forum takes place at 1pm. Free tickets for the talk at 2.30pm are on Eventbrite.