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image for Exhibition item typeYama - The mining art of Sakubei Yamamoto at Big Pit: National Coal Museum

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Green Dragon Environmental Scheme

Exhibition, Sun 15 Sep 2019 - Thu 30 Jul 2020, free entry









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 coal miner 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.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 15 Sep 2019 - Thu 30 Jul 2020 09:30 to 16:30


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 15 Sep - Thu 30 Jul Yama - The mining art of Sakubei Yamamoto
Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr The Big Museum Easter Trail



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Map reference: SO 237087  Lat: 51.77175 Long: -3.10718

By Public Transport:
Buses run from Newport daily (Monday to Saturday) number X30.
Bus times from Newport: 8.45 am; 10.45 am; 12.45 pm ; 2.45 pm.
Return bus, leaving Big Pit: 10.55 am; 12.55 pm; 2.55 pm; 4.55 pm.

By Road:
Follow signs from the A465 and the M4 (J26 eastbound and J25 westbound)

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Newport station


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