An Emotional Mural That Depicts South Yorkshire’s Mining History Was Unveiled In Doncaster This Week

An Emotional Mural That Depicts South Yorkshire’s Mining History Was Unveiled In Doncaster This Week

An incredible mural named ‘Future’s Past and Present was unveiled this week after years in the making. It can be found on Trafford Way just opposite the train station in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Doncaster Mural
Credit: Nickaimages

The mural was painted by urban street art duo, Nomad Clan, which is made up of Hayley Garney and Jay Gilleard. The pair have a great affiliation with the North and roots in the town of Doncaster as well.

The mural displays a miner bonding with a pit pony as a nod to the South Yorkshire town’s heritage as well as symbolising Jay’s grandfather who worked in the mines from a young age. After a massive two years in the planning and one month to create it – it’s finally complete.

Doncaster Freepress reported, Nigel Ball, cabinet member for Public Health, Leisure, Culture and Planning, said: “This is another significant and powerful piece of art in Doncaster.

“The mural is a real statement for people arriving in Doncaster by train, proudly showcasing our heritage and our unrivalled ambition.
“We are quickly building a wealth of iconic art.

“The ‘Building Speed’ public art at the train station, our important mining statue, the Gaumont frieze in Sir Nigel Gresley Square and the wonderful Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.

“We are embracing and benefiting from great art and culture in Doncaster.”

Jeff Clark, director of Art of Protest Projects, said: “When the pair collaborate, their fusion delivers an unmistakable style.

“Each mural has a strong significance and relevance to the environment it sits in combining playful scenes, often from local heritage, with detailed portraits of characters from the tales they hear in the local public spaces.

“The main focus of their work is to proudly celebrate local history, but on a deeper level it often highlights the socio-economic issues affecting the area.”

We must say that this mural is a great piece of art and will be admired proudly by many Yorkshire folk with the same link to mining.

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