An exhibition celebrating the artwork of railway men and women is being held at the Platform Gallery, Bolton Station, in September. The organisers are calling for railway workers to submit their work for possible inclusion.
“We think this is a world first”, said Bolton Station Community Development Partnership chair Julie Levy. “There has been no shortage of railway art, but usually by artists outside the railway industry. We see this as an opportunity for budding rail worker artists to gain some recognition, as well as celebrate the work of earlier railway artists – if we can find them.”
During the period of the exhibition, from 7th to 21st September, the station partnership will be running a series of talks, poetry readings and musical events celebrating railway culture. Paul Salveson (former Bolton signalman and railway guard) will give a talk on two talented but neglected railway worker-poets: signalman Walter Sinkinson and guard Joe Smythe.
The exhibition has parallels with the famous ‘Pitmen Painters’ of the Ashington coalfield in Northumberland. However, whilst little remains of the British mining industry, our railways are experiencing an era of growth. “It will be wonderful to highlight the artistic talent that exists today in Britain’s railways,” said Julie Levy. “We want to hear from artists – in any media – who are interested in exhibiting. The subject matter can be anything – it doesn’t have to be railway scenes, though they are welcome. Active or retired railway workers are all welcome to submit their ideas.”
Potential exhibitors should contact Paul Salveson on 07795 008691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information