Nuneaton station will feature as a stop on the Open Arts Trail for the first time this year, thanks to the support of station adopters, Art Alert.
Taking place over the weekend of 23 and 24 September, the event will be showcasing the work of 84 artists, 30 individual artists and 12 art groups from the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area, across 20 different venues.
Two members of Art Alert, John E. Morgan and Rebecca Pullen, will be showcasing their art in the station adopters’ newly-created workshop, exhibition and meeting space at Nuneaton station. Local woodwork group ‘Men in Sheds’ helped the adopters to create the space by transforming the old Station Café on Platform 1.
As well as making the station a great venue for reaching a new audience, the name of John’s project – ‘Train of Thought’ – makes it a particularly fitting space for the artists to showcase their work. While the trail itself starts on 23 September, John will be promoting the Arts Trail at the station from 20 to 22 September, with both artists also planning to extend their exhibition beyond the event weekend.
As well as being exhibited at Nuneaton station, the artistic creations of Art Alert adopters will also be on show at Nuneaton’s Mary Anne Evans Hospice over the Arts Trail weekend. Craft creations by Men in Sheds, made from wood offcuts, pallet wood, upcycled cutlery and engineering tools will also be on exhibition and for sale at Greenmoor Community Allotments.
Anne Taylor, Secretary of Art Alert and member of the Nuneaton station adoption team, said: "The Open Arts Trail presents a rich diversity of exhibited work and demonstrations. We at Art Alert are delighted to be taking part in the event and even more delighted to now have the old Station Café at Nuneaton station as one of the exhibiting venues. We urge people to make a trip of discovery to enjoy and learn from the creativity on show at the many venues, from studios and Scout HQs to artists’ homes, and of course Art Alert artists John and Becca’s special exhibition at the station.”
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “The hard work and creativity of Art Alert has transformed an unused and uninspiring space at Nuneaton station into a cultural hub for people across the local area to enjoy. We hope to see people of all ages joining us for what we anticipate will be the station's first year of many as part of the Open Arts Trail.”
Entry to all of the exhibitions involved in the Open Arts Trail is free, with the majority open from 1000 – 1600 hours each day. More information about the event, together with a comprehensive trail map can be found at www.openartstrail.org.
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