Neville Gabie, whose work is developed in relation to specific contexts or locations, was the first artist appointed and his brief was to document and record the underground mines experience before the tunnels were filled with foamed concrete.
A concertina leaflet of 19 'joiner' images highlights some of the photographs from his residency at Combe Down, as do three large-scale light boxes to be installed in various locations around the village.
"The first time I went underground one of the miners told me you could hear the sound of cars and lawnmowers just above our heads. He said you could even smell the fresh cut grass which might have been an exaggeration. But what was extraordinary is the extreme difference between the domesticity of the small Bath village above and the heavy industrial world below. I was fascinated by that idea. In fact there were parts of the mine where the physical distance between these two worlds was only six feet of stone and earth. From that simple thought developed a concept of juxtaposing photographs from below ground with what was directly above. I wanted to make visible the daily activity of the mine, of its dark, dramatic, noisy, dirty and, for a visitor like me, exciting interior and place them next to the everyday routine of domestic life in the village above." Neville Gabie 2009