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Tough Miners Morph Into Brainy ‘Pitmen Painters’: John Simon

We already have had shows and movies about Britain’s valiant coal miners spawning an orchestra or ballet dancers.

Now comes ”The Pitmen Painters,” in which a group of diggers from Ashington, Northumberland, start taking art lessons in 1934 as part of a quirky government outreach program and achieve considerable fame as the Ashington Group.