Britain’s first-ever exhibition of artwork produced by railway workers is now in full swing at Bolton’s Platform Gallery. The exhibition was officially opened on Friday by The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Hilary Fairclough. Over 40 guests were welcomed by speeches from Northern’s Raj Chanderana, Bolton North-East MP Sir David Crausby, Dan Coles of Network Rail and Julie Levy of the Bolton Station Community Development Partnership, which has organised the exhibition.
The exhibition – ON TRACK: Railway Workers’ Art – features paintings and photographs by several working railwaymen.
- Northern booking office supervisor Nigel Valentine, displaying some stunning images of steam at work on the East Lancashire Railway and in the Harz Mountains
- Challenging and surreal paintings by ISS station facilities operative Richard Hall
- Beautiful landscapes by Manchester Victoria guard Stephen Cross
- Wonderful portrait images by Northern’s Declan Sweeney
- Evocative photographs by Newcastle driver Les Pigg
- Historic black and white images of Horwich Loco Works, shortly before closure, by rail consultant Paul Salveson
In addition, three magnificent banners from the RMT rail union are on display, from Manchester Victoria and Manchester South branches and the union’s North-West regional council which features a dramatic image of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.
“This exhibition highlights the great creative talent in Britain’s railway industry,” said Station Partnership Arts Co-ordinator Julie Levy. “The exhibition was put together at very short notice and we have been delighted by the response. We’re hoping to do something similar next year.”
The exhibition continues until September 21 and is open at limited times on weekdays. Intending visitors are asked to check by contacting Julie on 07789 725753