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ExhibitionYama - The mining art of Sakubei Yamamoto

15 September 201930 September 2020
Cost Free
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At the age of seven years old, Sakubei Yamamoto (1892-1984) moved with his family to the coal mines of the Chikuho region in Kyushu. He was apprenticed to a colliery blacksmith at the age of twelve, and later worked as a mine blacksmith and coalminer until the age of 63 in 1955. He then became a colliery security guard when he started painting his memories of the mining industry.

He had little formal education but, from the age of 21 in 1913, began keeping notebooks and diaries in which he recorded events. These influenced his later painting.

This exhibition focuses on a small selection of the 2000 drawings and paintings by the artist. They are very Japanese in style but any Welsh mineworker can recognise the type of work and the characters depicted.

 In 2011, Sakubei Yamamoto’s coal mining paintings and drawings were registered in UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme.



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