Students artwork is nominated for national Community Rail Award

1 September 2017 

In May this year artwork produced by renowned local artist, Mark Mennell, in collaboration with students from Pendleton Sixth Form College’s Art Department, was unveiled at Walkden Station, Salford.

The stations first art scheme, a series of 10 laser-cut steel panels, designed by the Wigan-based artist and the college students, has been shortlisted in this year’s Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Community Rail Awards, in the category of Community Art Schemes – Permanent Projects.

The artwork features scenes from Walkden’s railway and industrial heritage, local wildlife and the destinations of the stations trains.

Fay Flatt, Neighbourhood Development Officer at Salford City Council, who was involved in commissioning the project said: I believe that the work has made a welcome addition to the station. It has brought high quality art into the town and for its people and there has been lots of positive feedback from users of the station, locals and others.

“The site is over 120-years-old and having never been rebuilt, Walkden station has a rich, historical heritage. We gathered photographs from both Salford Museum and the Worsley Civic Trust, among others, to inspire ideas and inform the design we asked the students to create.

“I am so glad that the college took the opportunity to work alongside Mark and am extremely pleased that everyone’s hard work has been recognised for the award.”

art project at train station

The scheme was funded by grants from Little Hulton & Walkden Community Committee, Salford City Council Recycle & Reward, and Northern, who are all delighted with the announcement, as are staff and students from Pendleton Sixth Form College.

Nicola Worthington, Art and Design Teacher at Pendleton said: “The students were extremely excited to tell their parents and guardians and most of them have been to visit the artwork in location since it was installed.

“Overall it’s been a fantastic project and opportunity for all!

The ACoRP Awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the important, but often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and civic groups.

The winners will be revealed at an awards gala dinner and presentation evening held by ACoRP, at The Roundhouse in Derby, on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Fingers crossed for the artist, the students and all others involved.

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