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The Ashington Group

After the war, the Group reconstituted itself with a rule book and settled into a new phase. They moved their hut from Longhorsley to Ashington and erected it on waste ground in Hirst Yard behind the Central Hall. They met weekly, tried sculpture, dabbled in abstraction, but remained basically loyal to the early teachings, that they should express themselves by painting what they knew.

In the 1970s there was a revival of interest in the Group from outside. Exhibitions in Durham and in the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London brought the paintings to light again. They were shown in Germany, the Netherlands, and in 1980 were taken to China and shown as the first exhibition from the West since the Cultural Revolution.

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