Florence Mine is two things. Firstly it was Western Europe’s last working deep iron ore mine. Secondly it is a thriving vibrant arts centre located on the outskirts of Egremont in West Cumbria. As so often in the past, creative forces emerge from the relics of our industrial past, as if the ghosts/angels of our previous exploitation offer us the redeeming grace of the healing power of the arts. As it happens a collective of artists including myself, were invited to put up some work as part of a recent exhibition. and Lizzi, Rob and myself trundled down to the place to have a dekko. Its a slightly sad, surreal, yet inspiring place – a wonderful film set with mining artefacts scattered amongst modern machines, like coffee makers and custom designed toilets and we were privileged to spend some time there exploring the rabbit warren of galleries. A group of paintmakers are making pigment suitable for various media including watercolour and I included a little touch of their paint in each of the four small frames made for the exhibition. A great spot – long may it thrive.