Artwork by Robert Kiddey, 'The Miner' sandstone, Newark on Trent, 1957

Image ID: 10192

Artwork by Robert Kiddey, 'The Miner' sandstone, Newark on Trent, 1957

Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

King Street (Robert Kiddey's Studio)
Newark on Trent

Robert Kiddey (1900-1984) was a well known Newark based artist and sculptor. The picture shows Kiddey at work in his studio at No.5a King Street on a piece called 'The Miner' one of four large bas-relief panels destined for the Wilford coal-fired power station near Nottingham. The relief depicts a miner drilling a shot hole in a coal mine. Robert Kiddey was born at Nottingham in 1900. His gift for art made itself apparent at an early age, and at 14 he enrolled at Nottingham School of Art on Waverley Street. Following active service in the First World War as a private in the Notts & Derbys Regiment of Foot, he came to Newark in 1931 as an art teacher at the newly opened Technical College. From that time onwards he made Newark his permanent home and over the years set up his studio in a number of places around the town _ on the wharf, in the market place, and latterly in a former infant school at 5a King Street. It was from these locations in the heart of Newark that he produced an impressive variety of sculptures, carvings and paintings that were destined to grace not only the walls of private homes and public buildings (including Southwell Minster), but also to receive due recognition at the Royal Academy and showings at some of the art world

Date: 1957

Organisation Reference: NCCE004194


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