Bolton School Senior Boys

Pupils’ Art to Brighten Local Station

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Y7-10 pupils at Bolton School Boys’ Division have created artwork to be displayed at Horwich Parkway station.

The boys were asked by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who own the station, to create artwork that celebrated Horwich Parkway, Bolton and Greater Manchester.

Called the Young Artists’ Collective (YAC), which meets weekly, the students created a range of artwork to reflect the themes of sport, industry, transport and the environment.

The artwork was opened yesterday with representatives from TfGM, Northern, Network Rail and Bolton School. The work will be on permanent display.

Jen Brewer, Art Teacher at Bolton School, said: “The boys have really enjoyed their experience of working together towards a professional brief. After visiting and photographing the local area, talking with local residents and businesses in Horwich, the boys worked hard to produce some superb outcomes through a variety of different media. It’s great to see this artwork at Horwich Parkway. YAC has a passion for art and design and the pupils have worked brilliantly as a collective and as individuals to produce art that reflects both their own interests and the surrounding area. It’s a showcase for their talent and provides a real connection between the station and the local community. I hope the many passengers who use Horwich Parkway get to see and appreciate it. A great job lads, well done!”

Michael Keating, TfGM’s Rail Stations’ Manager said: “As part of recent improvement activities we have been really keen to put customers and users at the centre of everything we are doing here at Horwich Parkway. The station is a vital part of the community and we wanted our young people to be proud of the station and have a sense of ownership and belonging.

“We are really grateful therefore that we have been able to work with the talented students from Bolton School to create art work that represents Horwich, Bolton and Greater Manchester. This project, and these art installations in particular, are a fantastic example of how the local community can work together in partnership and really inject that sense of pride in public facilities.”

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