I have written a fictional text inspired by the book ‘The Diary of a Coalminers Son’. A new body of work will be developed that includes installation, photography, drawing and sculpture. As well as using the text I am combining it with actual events, people, political parties, figures, and locations. Ideas, concepts, and imagery will be presented that will create a contemporary memorial to the city of Wakefield but one that relies on history for its inspiration.

The project will run in partnership with the National Coalmining Museum who have agreed to grant me access to their art and photographic collection for research, as well as partnering in some of the events I am proposing.  I am also in conversations with other arts organizations in order to confirm logistical aspects and other collaborations.

The Wakefield project is designed to benefit a broad range of audiences: from those with an interest in art, heritage, and mining, as well as the local population and those affected directly by this political action. A programme of events will include two drawing and storytelling workshops as outreach for local children and community groups.


Nicholas Vaughan was born in Northampton, England. After receiving his degree in Sculpture from Wolverhampton University he moved to London where he studied for an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design. His work has been shown extensively in group shows throughout Europe, including at The Corner House Gallery in Manchester and Imperial College in London.
2017 saw projects from the last few years, inspired by his maternal grandfather’s Polish origins, come to a conclusion with a two weeks solo show at Czytelnia Sztuki, a gallery part of the Museum of Gliwice, in Poland. He currently lives and works in London.