Twelve students from Leeds Arts University have created new artworks to go on display at Leeds Railway Station.
Network Rail have installed the new pieces of art to welcome new visitors to the city, as well as brighten up the commute for passengers who use the station daily. Students from MA Creative Practice, BA (Hons) Animation, BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design, BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design all responded to the brief with artwork designed to improve the experience of passengers travelling through the station and create a more colourful and vibrant environment.
Briony Caswell, first year BA (Hons) Animation, said:
“I was absolutely delighted that my design was chosen to be displayed at the station as it’s a great opportunity to have my work on show to so many people. My parents are really proud and have visited the station to see it.”
Chris Gee, Head of Operations at Network Rail, said:
“We’re delighted to have worked with Leeds Arts University students to produce the fantastic art work which is on display. The pieces really brighten up the station and will create exactly the type of warm welcome we want people to feel when they visit Leeds.
The paintings convey a genuine sense of community spirit and Yorkshire pride which is so strong across the area. It has also given the students a very public forum to showcase their work. The platform is now welcoming, bright and colourful – everything that we set out to achieve at the start of the project. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved."
The artworks, which have been installed on platform 16, have been designed on a large scale to be visible throughout the station.