Artist Bob Olley donates original oil painting for public raffle – South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

Artist and former miner Bob Olley has donated one of his original oil paintings to the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust to raise funds for South Shields Museum & Art Gallery via a raffle. 
The painting The Hewer (001) has never been on display before and was inspired by Bob Olley’s mining career at Whitburn Colliery, which closed 50 years ago this year. Bob Olley was one of the men who worked the last shift.
Raffle tickets cost £2.50 each and can be bought online or in person at the museum shop. (The full terms and conditions of the prize draw can be seen on the museum website.)
Over 20 other paintings by Bob Olley currently feature on loan in the museum’s King Coal: the life & legacy of South Tyneside’s coal mining communities exhibition, alongside a wealth of other objects.  The exhibition runs until Saturday 29 September.

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