Picture perfect welcome

Published Wednesday, 28th June 2017

TWELVE bold new pieces of artwork have gone on display at Hartlepool railway station.

The designs – by Cleveland College of Art and Design graduates Abigail Taylor and Owen Smith – show popular Hartlepool landmarks, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Greatham Beck, the Heugh Battery Museum and Hartlepool Marina.

An example of the new artwork.

Abigail and Owen’s work was selected following a competition arranged by Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland College of Art and Design.

The winning designs have replaced posters that had been in place since the 2010 Tall Ships Race. The new boards have been financially supported by a number of Hartlepool Councillors, Grand Central Rail and Cleveland College of Art and Design.

An example of the new artwork.

A3 and A4 prints of the new artworks are available to purchase at Hartlepool Art Gallery priced at £4.00 and £2.50 respectively. Other merchandise will also be available in the near future.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “The new artwork looks great and provides a stunning welcome to the town.

“Hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through the station each year and this is a way to showcase some of the great attractions on offer in Hartlepool.

“The new artwork also complements the bespoke Coast tourism film that is played on a widescreen TV in the station, along with the Coast mural that was put in place in 2016.”

An example of the new artwork.

Abigail Taylor, one of the winning artists, said: “Owen and I are absolutely thrilled to see our work on show and we hope local people and visitors to the town alike will enjoy seeing the twelve designs for many years to come.”

Railway station artwork.

Pictured (L-R) are Abigail Taylor, Owen Smith, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher and Francis Fitzgerald, from Cleveland College of Art & Design.

Patrick Chapman, Head of Employability and External Relations at Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “CCAD was very pleased to co-sponsor and help organise the competition to find new artworks to adorn the gateway to the town.

“The 12 images of Hartlepool they have developed are beautiful and striking - they met our brief exactly, echoing the tradition of railway posters from the last century whilst capturing the essence of contemporary Hartlepool.

“Abigail and Owen are very talented designers and it is great for them to have this wonderful and highly visible showcase for their work.”  

An example of the new artwork.

The new artwork is located on the second platform and the Friends of Hartlepool Station helped prepare the area by undertaking a clean-up whilst the boards were installed by Council staff.

Mike Anderson, Secretary of the Friends of Hartlepool Station, said: “We were delighted to be able to perform a clean-up of the area prior to the installation of the new images.

“The first impression for a visitor arriving in a town is often formed by their view from a railway carriage.

“Future passengers can now enjoy clear and uninterrupted views of the impressive artwork on display.”